Calverton Park, MO

Calverton Park, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Calverton Park, MO. Those who suffer from shoulder pain know how hard it can be to manage. It makes any daily task from driving to playing volleyball frustrating and, for certain people, impossible. But you do not need to live the rest of your life with pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes Physical Therapy in Calverton Park, MO, our experienced physical therapists create personalized treatment plans, based on evidence, to get you back to optimal movement health. Trust in us to safely and effectively treat your shoulder pain. Make an appointment online or find the location most convenient for you.

The Human Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Calverton Park, MO

The shoulder is among 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 where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into the socket of the glenoid. As the the top of the humerus is several times larger than the socket, it has the widest range of motion as any other human joint.
  2. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the collarbone to 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 collarbone the breastbone at the foundation of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the torso, it links the movement of the upper limb with the core of your body.
  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 thoracic cage.

In order to support those four joints, the shoulder consists of:

  • the four muscles of the rotator cup covering the head of the upper arm bone, which allow for movement movement and keep the ball of the humerus stable
  • the shoulder capsule, a soft tissue sac that encloses the joints in the shoulder
  • the four shoulder ligaments which provide passive stability while still allowing for movements in different planes
  • 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 arteries that pump nutrient-rich blood to the shoulder

In order for the shoulder to function properly the entire complex system must function well. Sufficient blood must reach to the shoulder efficiently to maintain healthy soft tissue 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 intact and strong, the ligaments that attach our bones need to be similarly healthy, and messages most be able to be sent and received between the brain and shoulder. When any of these parts are not at optimal health, it can lead to a disruption of the entire network, and anywhere from nagging to severe shoulder pain or loss of function. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain or any other symptoms of a shoulder injury, reach out to Axes’ physical therapists for a no-risk, no-obligation injury screening.


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What Causes 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 Calverton Park, 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 repeated activities, often occurs in association with irritation of the rotator cuff, and can make daily tasks like carrying groceries immensely painful.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis is typically caused by a tendon becoming irritated. It typically falls into one of two categories:
    • Acute: This can happen because of a sudden blow, excessive overhead motions, or other overhead activities needed in some sports and fields of employment, such as track and field throwing events or lifting and lowering boxes.
    • Chronic: The result of degenerative conditions or the body becoming weaker as we get older.

    Symptoms include smarting pain, tenderness, and mild swelling.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be caused by acute injuries, such falling on an outstretched arm, or repetitive movements or old age. They usually start with fraying and then tear. A partial thickness tear often goes unnoticed. Full-thickness tears, where the tendon is completely detached from the bone, often require surgery. Common symptoms are pain with certain motions, pain when sleeping, and a clicking feeling with certain motions.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement is the result of soft tissue rubbing against your shoulder blade. It is often the result of rotator cuff swellings after an injury. 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 head of the upper arm bone is exits the shoulder socket, and also can be the result of injury or wear and tear. 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. Chronic instability will result in shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
  • Arthritis While there are many kinds of arthritis, the shoulder most typically experiences osteoarthritis. It is the result of the cartilage cushioning the ends of your bones breaks down. Common causes include old age, persistent injuries, and wear and tear. There is no cure for arthritis, but effective pain management is possible with Calverton Park, MO physical therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The upper arm bone, clavicle, and shoulder blade are the bones in the shoulder most susceptible 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 immediate and obvious, and the shoulder will experience substantial inflammation and bruising.
  • Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries Nerve damage in the shoulder can occur when nerves are stretched, when scar tissue interferes with communication between the brain and shoulder, or the nerves rupture. These injuries can cause shoulder pain, stingers, tingling, and loss of sensation in your shoulder, arm, or hand. They are commonly caused by sudden trauma but can also happen because of wear and tear.

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-obligation, free injury screenings in Calverton Park, MO may help you discover why you’re experiencing the pain. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Calverton Park, 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 professional physical therapists and movement health specialists in Calverton Park, MO can be an effective way to get you back to the things you love to do the most.

Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Calverton Park, MO

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

  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to identify soft tissue restrictions, smooth out scar tissue, and treat the affected area
  • Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, coordinated together with your surgeon, if you need surgery to relieve your shoulder pain
  • Kinesio Taping® to reduce pain and inflammation and allow you to participate in physical activity or work while your body heals
  • Blood flow restriction training to strengthen muscles while reducing overall stress on the shoulder
  • Trigger point dry needling to attack irritated muscles, ligaments, and tendons deeper in the body to encourage the body’s natural healing processes
  • Posture correction to ensure you are not inadvertently causing your shoulder pain or do not heal correctly
  • Injury prevention so you can keep participating in the activities you love
  • Other safe, effective treatment methods to increase and maintain your mobility

Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 states that you need a prescription for physical therapy, so it’s important to speak to your Calverton Park, MO physician to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our licensed physical and occupational therapists work alongside your primary care physician to make sure your treatment plan fits into your overall treatment plan.

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Calverton Park, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A healthy shoulder is important to not only carrying out daily tasks with ease, but to keeping up the active lifestyles we desire. At Axes, we focus on positive outcomes for our Calverton Park, MO clients by implementing evidence-backed treatment plans based on your injury, pain level, age, and desired activity level. You do not have to delay in getting back to the things you love doing most and a pain-free life. Make an appointment online or call our location nearest you.

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    • Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation
    • Acute Injury Management
    • Chronic Injury Management
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy
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PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Antoinette Ghoston
Front Office
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MPT, CMPT
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MS, OTR/L
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