Barnhart, MO

Barnhart, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Barnhart, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know how hard it can be to manage. It can make everything from pouring a cup of coffee to playing volleyball painful and, for some of us, unfeasible. But you do not have to accept pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes PT in Barnhart, MO, our experienced physical therapists are experts at developing personalized treatment plans, proven to work through research, to get you back to striking out opponents, or just combing your hair pain-free. Let us help you make your shoulder pain a long-forgotten memory. Schedule an appointment through our website or call our location most convenient for you.

The Human Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Barnhart, MO

The shoulder is among the largest and most intricate joints we have. In reality, it is made up of four independent smaller joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is the joint where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into a relatively small dish called the glenoid. Because the ball is several times larger than the socket, it allows for more movement than any other 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 helps extend the upper extremity from the trunk.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint formed by the collarbone the sternum at the bottom 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 not a true anatomical 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 addition to those four joints, the shoulder consists of:

  • the four muscles of the rotator cup covering the head of the upper arm bone, which power movement and stabilize the ball of the humerus within the shoulder socket
  • the shoulder capsule, a tough sheath or membrane that encloses the shoulder
  • the ligaments of the shoulder which help connect bone to bone and help reinforce the capsule
  • the biceps tendon and rotator cuff tendons which allow muscles to power the bones
  • the brachial plexus nerves that send motor messages from the brain to muscles and sensory information (like pain) from the joints back to the brain
  • the blood vessels that pump much-needed 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 be able to work together. Sufficient blood must flow to the shoulder efficiently to maintain healthy soft tissue and stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. The muscles must have adequate strength and flexibility, the tendons attaching bone and muscle must be intact and strong, the ligaments connecting bones need to be similarly healthy, and the brain and shoulder need to have clear communication with each other. When any of these parts are not at optimal health, it can lead to a disruption of the whole network, and anywhere from nagging to severe shoulder pain or loss of function. 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.


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What’s Behind My Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of circumstances, from sports injuries to being struck by an object, a work injury from repeated activities to old age. The following are the most common underlying conditions that lead to shoulder pain in Barnhart, MO:

  • Bursitis The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that work as a cushion and gliding surface between muscles, bones, tendons, and skin. Bursitis the result of the bursae becoming inflamed after overuse, often occurs in combination with inflammation of the rotator cuff, and can make daily activities like brushing your teeth tremendously painful.
  • 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 overhead motions, or other overhead activities common in some competitive and activities and fields of employment, such as volleyball or lifting and lowering objects.
    • Chronic: This can happen because 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 acute, like a blow to the shoulder, or more chronic in nature. They usually start with fraying and then tear. A partial tear often goes unnoticed. Full-thickness tears, which go all the way through the tendon, often require surgery. Common symptoms are pain when performing certain movements, pain when sleeping, and a cracking sensation when performing certain movements.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement is the result of the rotator cuff and bursae rubbing against your shoulder blade. It is often the result of rotator cuff swellings because of an injury. Shoulder impingement is most common in people who are physically active.
  • Shoulder Instability This happens when the humerus is exits the shoulder socket, and also can be the result of injury or wear and tear. Dislocations can be repeated and partial or the entire bone coming out of the socket. It often causes or is the result of injury to the supporting soft tissue of the shoulder. Long-term instability will cause shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
  • Arthritis While arthritis refers to a range of diagnoses, the shoulder most typically experiences osteoarthritis. It is the result of the cartilage cushioning the ends of your bones breaks down. It can be the result of old age, persistent trauma, and wear and tear. Arthritis cannot be cured, but you can find effective pain management methods with Barnhart, MO physical therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The humerus, clavicle, and scapula are the bones in the shoulder most prone to fracture. They usually happen as the result of falling a significant distance or onto a hard surface or high-energy collisions such as a car accident. The shoulder pain is usually significant, 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 stretched, when scar tissue blocks communication between the brain and shoulder, 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 high-impact trauma but can also happen because of overuse.

Sometimes, injuries are intertwined, for example an impingement causing damage to the nerves. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our no-obligation, free injury screenings in Barnhart, MO may help you discover why you’re experiencing the pain. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in Barnhart, MO may use a physical examination, an X-Ray, an MRI, a CT scan, arthrogram, and/or arthroscopy to discover the cause. Most people who experience shoulder pain can find relief with a personalized treatment plan with licensed physical therapists and movement health specialists in Barnhart, MO can be a great way to get you back to optimal movement health.

Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Barnhart, MO

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

Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 requires a prescription for physical therapy, so you need to reach out to your Barnhart, MO physician to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our knowledgeable physical and occupational therapists form a team with your primary care physician to ensure you are getting the care that is safe for your condition.

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

Barnhart, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A well-functioning shoulder is important to not only living our every day life, but to keeping up the active lifestyles we desire. At Axes, we focus on positive outcomes for our Barnhart, MO clients by implementing proven treatment plans based on your injury, pain level, age, and the activities you want to get back to. Do not wait to get back to the things you love doing most and a pain-free life. Request an appointment online or call our location nearest you.

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