Avon, MO

Avon, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Avon, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know how hard it can be to manage. It makes any daily task from brushing your teeth to diving for a softball frustrating and, for certain people, unfeasible. But pain and limited shoulder movement is usually manageable and beatable with safe and effective treatment. At Axes PT in Avon, MO, our experienced physical therapists are experts at creating personalized treatment plans, proven to work through research, to get you back to optimal movement health. Let us help you make your shoulder pain a long-forgotten memory. Make an appointment online or reach out to our location most convenient for you.

The Human Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Avon, MO

The shoulder is one of the the largest and most complex joints we have. In actuality, it is a complex of four joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is the joint responsible for connecting the upper extremity to the trunk. Given the relatively shallow socket, it allows for more movement than any other joint.
  2. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is formed by the junction of the collarbone the acromion, the part of the shoulder blade that is the highest part of the shoulder. A plane joint, it allows for additional rotation of the shoulder blade.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a plane-style synovial joint located where the clavicle meets the sternum at the foundation of the neck. This joint is where the arm and torso meet, it it ensures your arm and body act in coordination.
  4. The scapulothoracic (ST) “joint” is more of a “floating” joint as it does not have ligaments connecting it to bone. It attaches and allows movement between the shoulder blade and the part of rib cage at the back of our bodies.

In order to support those four joints, the shoulder is made up of:

  • the four muscles of the rotator cup that surround the head of the upper arm bone, which are responsible for movement and stabilize and protect the GH joint
  • the shoulder capsule, a a fluid-filled sac that surrounds and lubricates the shoulder
  • the four shoulder ligaments which help connect bone to bone and provide stability for the capsule
  • the biceps tendon and rotator cuff tendons 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 supply nutritious blood to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons

Being able to move your shoulder pain free depends on every part of the system functioning 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 connecting them to the bones must be strong, flexible, and free of rips or tears, the ligaments that attach our bones need to help maintain structure, and the nerves need to have a strong and secure connection to the brain. When any of these parts are not at optimal health, 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 has so many moving parts, shoulder pain can have any of a number of root causes, from sports injuries to falls, a work injury from repeated activities to our bodies just getting weaker as we get older. The following are common causes of shoulder pain that our team see in Avon, MO:

  • Bursitis The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that act as shock absorbers and reduce friction in joints. Bursitis the result of the bursae becoming inflamed after overuse, often occurs in association with inflammation of the rotator cuff, and can make basic activities like brushing your teeth immensely difficult.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis generally occurs because of inflammation or irritation of a tendon. It typically falls into one of two categories:
    • Acute: The result of trauma, excessive overhead motions, or other overhead activities needed in some competitive and activities and occupations, such as tennis or lifting and lowering boxes.
    • Chronic: The result of wear and tear or general weakness as we age.

    The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside the joint.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be caused by sudden trauma, such falling on an outstretched arm, or wear and tear. The tendon is initially frayed before becoming torn. People often live with partial tears obliviously. Full-thickness tears, where the tendon is no longer attached whatsoever to the bone, often require surgery. Common symptoms are having difficulty raising your arm or lifting things you normally can, pain when sleeping, and a popping feeling when performing certain movements.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement occurs when your acromion (outer edge of your scapula) pinches the rotator cuff and bursae. It often occurs in combination with an injury that causes inflammation in the rotator cuff. Shoulder impingement is most common in people who play sports or are otherwise active.
  • Shoulder Instability This happens when 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. Chronic instability will result in shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
  • Arthritis While there are many kinds of arthritis, the shoulder most commonly suffers from osteoarthritis. It occurs when the cartilage cushioning the ends of your bones breaks down. Common causes include tissue weakening as we become older, repeated injuries, and overuse. There is no cure for arthritis, but you can find effective pain management methods with Avon, MO physical therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The upper arm bone, clavicle, and shoulder blade are the most commonly broken bones in the shoulder. They are often the result of falling a significant distance or onto a hard surface or high-energy collisions such as being tackles in a football game. The shoulder pain is immediate and obvious, along with substantial swelling and bruising.
  • 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 their electric signals, or the nerves burst. Axillary nerve and brachial plexus injuries can cause shoulder pain, stingers, tingling, and loss of sensation in your upper extremities. They are commonly caused by a sudden blow but can also occur because of wear and tear.

Sometimes, injuries are connected, for example instability that leads to impingement. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our no-obligation, free injury screenings in Avon, MO may help determine the underlying cause. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Avon, MO may use a physical examination, an X-Ray, an MRI, a CT scan, arthrogram, and/or arthroscopy. Most people who experience shoulder pain can experience relief with a customized treatment plan with professional physical therapists that specialize in movement health in Avon, MO can be an effective way to return to a pain-free daily life and the active lifestyle you deserve.

How Do Avon, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?

Your tailored and evidence-backed physical therapy may include any one or a variety of different treatment plans:

Missouri Law requires a prescription for physical therapy, so it’s important to speak to your Avon, MO doctor to see if physical therapy is safe and an effective treatment option for your shoulder pain. Our experienced physical and occupational therapists form a team with your primary care physician to make sure you are getting the care that is safe for your condition.

Shoulder Pain Avon, MO | Injury Rehabilitation | Physical Therapy Near Avon

Avon, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A well-functioning shoulder is imperative to not only carrying out daily tasks with ease, but to doing the things we love. At Axes, we focus on patient results for Avon, MO residents by implementing evidence-backed treatment plans based on your injury, pain level, age, and how physically active you need to be. Do not wait to get back to the things you love doing most and a pain-free life. Request an appointment online or find the location most convenient for you.

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Services Offered
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    • Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation
    • Acute Injury Management
    • Chronic Injury Management
  • Occupational Therapy
    • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Vestibular Therapy and Post-Concussion Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

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Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Angie LeClere
Front Office
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Front Office
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PT, CMPT
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PT, DPT, CMPT
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