Augusta, MO

Augusta, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Augusta, MO. Those who experience shoulder pain know how hard it can be to manage. It makes any basic task from watering the flowers to making a breakaway layup frustrating and, for certain people, impossible. But you do not have to accept pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes PT in Augusta, MO, our professional physical therapists create tailored treatment plans, backed by proven research, to get you back to striking out opponents, or just combing your hair pain-free. Trust in us to turn your shoulder pain from a daily occurrence into a thing of the past. Schedule an appointment through our website or reach out to the location most convenient for you.

How Does the Shoulder Work? | Shoulder Pain in Augusta, MO

The shoulder is among human body’s largest and most intricate joints. In truth, it is made up of four independent smaller joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is a ball and socket joint responsible for connecting the upper extremity to the trunk. Because the top of the upper arm bone is 3-4 times larger than the socket, it has the widest range of motion as any other human joint.
  2. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is formed by the junction of the clavicle the acromion, the part of the shoulder blade that is the highest part of the shoulder. A plane joint, it allows you to outstretch your arm.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint formed by the clavicle the sternum at the base of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the body, it it ensures your arm and body move in tandem.
  4. The scapulothoracic (ST) “joint” is more of a “floating” joint as it does not have ligaments connecting it to bone. 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 covering the head of the humerus, which allow for movement movement and keep the head of the humerus firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder
  • the shoulder capsule, a soft tissue sac that surrounds and protects the shoulder
  • the ligaments of the shoulder which help connect bone to bone and help reinforce the capsule
  • 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

Being able to move your shoulder pain free depends on every part of the system being healthy and working together. Blood must flow freely to 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 that attach our bones need to help support proper structure, and the brain and shoulder need to have clear communication with each other. When any of these functions are not being carried out in a healthy way, it often causes shoulder pain and movement problems. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain or any other symptoms of a shoulder injury, reach out to Axes’ physical therapists for a free injury screening.


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What’s Behind My Shoulder Pain?

As the shoulder is complex, shoulder pain can have many root causes, from sports injuries to falls, a work injury from overuse to our bodies just getting weaker as we get older. Below are common causes of shoulder pain that our physical and occupations therapists see in Augusta, MO:

  • Bursitis The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion bones, tendons, and muscles in and around your shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, and other joints. Bursitis the result of the bursae becoming irritated after overuse, often occurs in combination with rotator cuff tendinitis, and can make daily tasks like brushing your teeth immensely difficult.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis is typically caused by inflammation or irritation of a tendon. It typically falls into one of two categories:
    • Acute: This can happen because of trauma, excessive overhead motions, or other overhead activities common in some sports and occupations, such as tennis or lifting and lowering boxes.
    • Chronic: This can happen because of wear and tear or the body becoming weaker as we age.

    The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside the joint.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be caused by acute injuries, such falling on an outstretched arm, or more chronic in nature. They usually start with fraying and then tear. A partial thickness tear often goes unnoticed. Complete tears, which go all the way through the tendon, do not heal by themselves. Symptoms include having difficulty raising your arm or lifting things you normally can, pain when lying on the side of the affected shoulder, and a grinding feeling when performing specific motions.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement describes when your acromion (the bony tip of your scapula) irritates the soft tissue in your shoulder. It often occurs alongside an injury that causes inflammation in the rotator cuff. Shoulder impingement is rarely caused by overuse, but rather by physical activity.
  • Shoulder Instability This happens when the head of the humerus is allowed to move out of the socket when the capsule or ligaments become stretched, torn, or detached, and also can be the result of injury or overuse. A dislocation can be partial, coming in and out of the socket, or complete when the bone completely comes out of the socket. It often causes or is the result of injury to the surrounding areas of the shoulder. Long-term instability will result in shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
  • Arthritis While there are at least six kinds of arthritis, the shoulder most typically suffers from osteoarthritis. It is the result of the cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between your bones degenerates. It can be the result of old age, repeated trauma, and overuse. There is no cure for arthritis, but you can find effective pain management techniques with Augusta, MO physical therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The humerus, clavicle, and shoulder blade 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 usually intense, along with considerable swelling and contusions.
  • Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries Nerve damage in the shoulder is the result of when nerves are impinged on, when scar tissue blocks communication between the brain and shoulder, or the nerves are otherwise damaged. Axillary nerve and brachial plexus injuries can cause shoulder pain, stingers, numbness, and loss of sensation in your upper extremities. They are commonly caused by high-impact trauma but can also happen because of overuse.

Sometimes, injuries are connected, such as how an untreated rotator cuff tear can lead to arthritis. If you’re currently suffering from shoulder pain, one of our safe, free injury screenings in Augusta, MO may help determine the root of it. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Augusta, MO may use a physical examination, an X-Ray, an MRI, a CT scan, arthrogram, and/or arthroscopy. For most injuries or conditions that cause shoulder pain, a tailored treatment plan with knowledgeable physical therapists that are experts in movement health in Augusta, MO can be a successful way to get you back to a pain-free daily life and the active lifestyle you deserve.

Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Augusta, MO

Your customized and evidence-backed physical therapy treatments may include:

Missouri Law states that you need a prescription for physical therapy, so you need to reach out to your Augusta, MO doctor to see if physical therapy is safe and an effective treatment option for your shoulder pain. Our professional physical and occupational therapists work alongside your primary care physician to make sure you are getting the care that fits into your overall treatment plan.

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Augusta, 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 positive outcomes for our Augusta, MO clients by developing proven treatment plans catered to your injury, pain level, age, and desired activity level. Do not wait to get back to the things you love doing most and a pain-free life. Request an appointment online or reach out to the location most convenient for you.

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