Bismarck, MO

Bismarck, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Bismarck, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know how hard it can be to manage. It can make any basic task from brushing your teeth to diving for a softball frustrating and, sometimes, unfeasible. But you do not need to live the rest of your life with pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes Physical Therapy in Bismarck, MO, our experienced physical therapists create tailored treatment modalities, backed by proven research, to get you back to optimal movement health. Trust in us to turn your shoulder pain from a daily occurrence into a thing of the past. Make an appointment through our website or reach out to our location most convenient for you.

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

The shoulder is one of the human body’s largest and most intricate joints. In reality, what we call the shoulder joint is made up of four different joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is a ball and socket joint responsible for connecting the upper extremity to the trunk. As the top of the upper arm bone 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 collarbone the acromion, the bony tip on the outer edge of the shoulder blade. A gliding joint, it allows your shoulder blade to follow the movements of the other shoulder joints.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint located where the clavicle meets the sternum at the foundation of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the torso, 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 typical joint characteristics. 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 is made up of:

  • the four muscles of the rotator cup that surround 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 joints in the shoulder
  • the four shoulder ligaments which provide passive stability while still allowing for a wide range of movements
  • the biceps tendon and rotator cuff tendons which allow muscles to power the bones
  • the brachial plexus nerves that allow for the brain and muscles to communicate with each other
  • the arteries that pump much-needed blood to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons

In order for the shoulder to function properly the entire complex system must be able to work together. Sufficient blood must reach to the shoulder efficiently to keep oxygen levels and muscles strong and stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. The muscles must have adequate strength and flexibility, 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 support proper structure, and the nerves need to have a strong and secure connection to the brain. When any one of the parts of the shoulder is damaged, inflamed, or otherwise irritated, 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 complimentary injury screening.


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


What’s Behind My Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of circumstances, from sports injuries to a car accident, a work injury from repeated activities 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 Bismarck, MO:

  • Bursitis The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion bones, tendons, and muscles in and around your joints. Bursitis the result of the bursae becoming irritated after repeated activities, often occurs in association with rotator cuff tendinitis, and can make basic tasks like carrying groceries immensely difficult.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis generally occurs because of inflammation or irritation of a tendon. There are two types of tendinitis:
    • Acute: This can happen because of trauma, excessive overhead motions, or other overhead activities needed in some sports and fields of employment, such as swimming or lifting and lowering objects.
    • Chronic: The result 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 falling on an outstretched arm, or wear and tear. They usually start with fraying and then tear. People often live with partial tears unknowingly. Complete tears, which pull the tendon off the bone, often require surgery. Associated symptoms are having difficulty raising your arm or lifting things you normally can, pain when lying on the side of the affected shoulder, and a clicking feeling when performing certain movements.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement describes when your acromion (the bony tip of your shoulder blade) rubs against 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, and is most common in athletes or others who engage in physical activity.
  • Shoulder Instability This occurs when the ball of the upper arm bone is allowed to move out of the socket when the capsule or ligaments become stretched, torn, or detached, and also can happen suddenly or from 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 supporting soft tissue of the shoulder. Long-term instability will result in shoulder pain and a sense of the shoulder “giving way.”
  • Arthritis While there are many kinds of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the condition that typically affects the shoulder. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bones. Common causes include tissue weakening as we become older, persistent trauma, and wear and tear. There is no cure for arthritis, but effective pain management can be found with Bismarck, MO physical therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The humerus, collarbone, and scapula are the most commonly broken bones in the shoulder. They usually happen as 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 inflammation 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 interferes with their electric signals, or the nerves rupture. These injuries can cause shoulder pain along with a range of other sensations. They are usually the result of a sudden blow but can also happen because of degenerative conditions.

At times, one injury leads to another, such as a fracture causing damage to the nerves. If you’re currently suffering from shoulder pain, one of our no-risk, free injury screenings in Bismarck, MO may help determine the root of it. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Bismarck, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy. For most injuries or conditions that cause shoulder pain, a customized treatment plan with licensed physical therapists and movement health specialists in Bismarck, MO can be an effective way to get you back to the activities you love.

How Do Bismarck, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?

Your personalized and evidence-backed physical therapy treatment plan may include:

Missouri Law dictates that you need a prescription to attend physical therapy appointments, so it’s necessary to speak to your Bismarck, MO physician to see if physical therapy is safe and an effective treatment option for your shoulder pain. Our knowledgeable physical and occupational therapists work alongside your primary care physician to make sure your treatment plan fits into your overall treatment plan.

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

Bismarck, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

Optimal movement health is important to not only living our every day life, but to doing the things we love. At Axes, we focus on positive outcomes for our Bismarck, MO clients by creating proven treatment plans based on your injury, pain level, age, and how physically active you need to be. You do not have to delay in getting back to the activities you love and a pain-free life. Request an appointment through our website or call our location most convenient for you.

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