Shoulder Pain in Arnold, MO. Those who suffer from shoulder pain know the effect it can have on your life. It can make everything from pouring a cup of coffee to making a breakaway layup frustrating and, sometimes, unfeasible. But pain and limited shoulder movement does not have to be a part of your everyday life. At Axes Physical Therapy in Arnold, MO, our licensed physical therapists create tailored treatment plans, proven to work through research, to get you back to striking out opponents, or just combing your hair pain-free. Allow us to safely and effectively treat your shoulder pain. Make an appointment through our website or call the location nearest you.
The Human Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Arnold, MO
The shoulder is among human body’s largest and most complex joints. In truth, it is a complex of four joints:
- The glenohumeral (GH) joint is a ball and socket joint where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into a relatively small dish called the glenoid. As the top of the upper arm bone is 3-4 times larger than the socket, it allows for more movement than any other joint.
- The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the collarbone to the acromion, the part of the scapula that is the highest part of the shoulder. A plane style synovial joint, it allows for additional rotation of the shoulder blade.
- The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a plane-style synovial joint formed by the collarbone the breastbone at the foundation of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the body, it it ensures your arm and body act in tandem.
- The scapulothoracic (ST) “joint” is not a true anatomical joint as it does not have typical joint characteristics. It is made up of the scapula and its articulation with the ribcage.
The shoulder is supported and surrounded by:
- the four muscles of the rotator cup that surround the head of the humerus, which allow for movement movement and stabilize and protect the GH joint
- the shoulder capsule, a soft tissue sac that surrounds and protects the shoulder
- the ligaments of the shoulder which provide passive stability while still allowing for a wide range of movements
- the tendons in the biceps and shoulder which allow muscles to power the bones
- the brachial plexus nerves that allow the brain to tell the shoulder and arm to move and the shoulder to tell the brain when it feels pain or other sensory information
- the blood vessels that pump nutritious blood to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons
In order for the shoulder to function properly every joint, ligament, tendon, muscle, artery, capsule, and nerve must function well. Blood must be allowed to reach the shoulder keep oxygen levels and muscles strong and repair minor damage. The muscles strong enough to move and flexible enough to safely make those movements, the tendons attaching bone and muscle must be intact and strong, the ligaments connecting bones need to be similarly healthy, and the nerves need to have a strong and secure connection to the brain. When any of these functions are not being carried out in a healthy way, it often causes shoulder pain and movement problems. If if shoulder pain or poor shoulder movement is part of your daily life, contact Axes’ physical therapists for a no-risk, no-obligation injury screening.
What Causes Shoulder Pain?
As the shoulder has so many moving parts, shoulder pain can have many root causes, from sports injuries to being struck by an object, a work injury from overuse to old age. The following are common causes of shoulder pain that our physical and occupations therapists see in Arnold, MO:
- Bursitis — The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that work as a cushion and gliding surface between muscles, bones, tendons, and skin. Bursitis occurs when the bursae because swollen after repeated activities, often occurs at the same time as shoulder impingement, and can make daily activities like getting in and out of cars immensely difficult.
- Tendinitis — Tendinitis generally occurs because of a tendon becoming irritated. There are two types of tendinitis:
- Acute: This can happen because of a sudden blow, excessive throwing, or other overhead activities needed in some competitive and activities and occupations, such as volleyball or lifting and lowering boxes.
- Chronic: This can happen because of degenerative conditions or general weakness as we age.
The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside the joint.
- Rotator Cuff Tear — These can also be acute, like a blow to the shoulder, or wear and tear. They usually start with fraying and then tear. A partial tear often goes unnoticed. Complete tears, which pull the tendon off the bone, often require surgery. Common symptoms are pain when performing certain motions, pain when sleeping, and a clicking feeling when performing specific motions.
- Shoulder Impingement — Impingement is the result of soft tissue rubbing against your shoulder blade. It is often the result of rotator cuff swellings because of an injury. Shoulder impingement is rarely caused by overuse, but rather by physical activity.
- Shoulder Instability — This occurs when the head of the humerus is exits the shoulder socket, and also can happen suddenly or from wear and tear. Dislocations can be repeated and partial or the entire bone coming out of the socket. It often is accompanied by injury to the supporting soft tissue of the shoulder. Long-term instability will result in shoulder pain and a sense of the shoulder “giving way.”
- Arthritis — While arthritis refers to a range of diagnoses, the shoulder most commonly experiences osteoarthritis. It is the result of the cartilage cushioning the ends of your bones degenerates. It can be the result of old age, persistent injuries, and wear and tear. There is no cure for arthritis, but you can find effective pain management methods with Arnold, MO physical therapists.
- Shoulder Fractures — The humerus, collarbone, and scapula are the most commonly broken bones in the shoulder. They are often the result of falling from a height or forceful collisions such as a car accident. The shoulder pain is immediate and obvious, and the shoulder will experience considerable inflammation and bruising.
- Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries — Nerve damage in the shoulder is the result of when nerves are compressed, when scar tissue interferes with their electric signals, or the nerves burst. These injuries can cause shoulder pain along with a range of other sensations. They are commonly caused by a sudden blow but can also happen because of degenerative conditions.
Sometimes, injuries are intertwined, for example how an untreated rotator cuff tear can lead to arthritis. If you’re currently suffering from shoulder pain, one of our no-risk, free injury screenings in Arnold, MO may help determine the underlying cause. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in Arnold, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy to discover the cause. For most injuries or conditions that cause shoulder pain, a personalized treatment plan with experienced physical therapists that are experts in movement health in Arnold, MO can be a great way to get you back to a pain-free daily life and the active lifestyle you deserve.
How Do Arnold, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?
Your customized and proven physical therapy may include any one or a variety of different treatment plans:
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to identify soft tissue restrictions, break down scar tissue, and treat the affected area
- Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, based on a plan with come up with alongside your physician, if your shoulder pain was caused by an injury that needed surgery to correct
- Kinesio Taping® to provide support for your shoulder and allow you to participate in sports or go back to work while you are still recovering
- Blood flow restriction training to strengthen muscles while reducing overall stress on the shoulder
- Trigger point dry needling to attack harder-to-reach irritated soft tissue to stimulate blood flow
- Posture correction to make sure you do not contribute to your injuries or heal improperly
- Injury prevention so you and your shoulder and stay healthy and active
- Other safe, effective exercises to optimize your mobility
Missouri Law requires a prescription for physical therapy, so it’s necessary to speak to your Arnold, MO doctor to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our licensed physical and occupational therapists are responsible and work closely with your primary care physician to ensure your treatment plan is safe for your condition.
Arnold, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy
Optimal movement health is essential to not only carrying out daily tasks with ease, but to doing the things we love. At Axes, we focus on patient results for our Arnold, MO clients by creating proven treatment plans catered to your injury, pain level, age, and how physically active you need to be. Do not wait to get back to the activities you love and a pain-free life. Make an appointment online or reach out to the location most convenient for you.