Cedar Hill, MO

Cedar Hill, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Cedar Hill, MO. Those who experience shoulder pain know how debilitating it can be. It can make any daily task from watering the flowers to serving an ace on the tennis court painful and, sometimes, not even an option. But you do not have to accept pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes PT in Cedar Hill, MO, our licensed 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. Make an appointment through our website or find our location nearest you.

How Does the Shoulder Work? | Shoulder Pain in Cedar Hill, MO

The shoulder is among human body’s largest and most intricate joints. In reality, it is a compound of four joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is the joint where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into the socket of the glenoid. As the ball is 3-4 times larger than the socket, it is the most mobile joint in the body.
  2. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the clavicle to the acromion, the bony tip on the outer edge of the shoulder blade. A plane style synovial joint, it allows for additional rotation of the shoulder blade.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a plane-style synovial joint formed by the collarbone 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 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 order to support those four joints, the shoulder is made up of:

  • the four muscles of the rotator cup covering the head of the humerus, which allow for movement movement and stabilize and protect the GH joint
  • the shoulder capsule, a a fluid-filled sac that surrounds and lubricates the shoulder
  • the ligaments of the shoulder which attach bones together and help reinforce the capsule
  • the tendons in the biceps and shoulder which connect muscle to bone
  • the brachial plexus nerves that allow for the brain and muscles to communicate with each other
  • the arteries that supply nutritious blood to the shoulder

Proper shoulder strength, flexibility, and movement depends on every part of the system functioning well. 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 connecting bones need to be similarly healthy, 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 can lead to a disruption of the entire system, and anywhere from nagging to intense shoulder pain or loss of function. If if shoulder pain or poor shoulder movement is part of your daily life, reach out to Axes’ physical therapists for a no-risk, no-obligation 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 being struck by an object, a work injury from overuse to old age. The following are the most common underlying conditions that lead to shoulder pain in Cedar Hill, 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 at the same time as shoulder impingement, and can make basic tasks like carrying groceries exceedingly painful.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis generally occurs because of a tendon becoming irritated. It typically falls into one of two categories:
    • Acute: This can happen because of a sudden blow, repeated throwing, or other overhead activities needed in some competitive and activities and occupations, such as track and field throwing events or moving objects overhead.
    • 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 acute, like a blow to the shoulder, or wear and tear. They usually start with fraying and then tear. A partial thickness tear often goes unnoticed. Full-thickness tears, which pull the tendon off the bone, 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 clicking sensation with certain movements.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement occurs when your acromion (the bony tip of your scapula) pinches the rotator cuff and bursae. It is often the result of rotator cuff swellings because of 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 happens when the humerus is exits the shoulder socket, and also can happen suddenly or from 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 surrounding areas of the shoulder. Long-term instability will cause shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
  • Arthritis While there are at least six kinds of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the form 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 overuse. Arthritis cannot be cured, but effective pain management is possible with Cedar Hill, MO physical and occupational therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The upper arm bone, collarbone, and scapula are the bones in the shoulder most vulnerable to breaking. They are often the result of falling a significant distance or onto a hard surface or high-impact collisions such as a car accident. The shoulder pain is usually severe, and the shoulder will experience 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 signals between the brain and shoulder, or the nerves burst. Axillary nerve and brachial plexus injuries can cause shoulder pain, stingers, weakness, and loss of sensation in your shoulder, arm, or hand. They are commonly caused by a sudden blow but can also happen because of overuse.

At times, one injury leads to another, such as how an untreated rotator cuff tear can lead to arthritis. If you’re currently suffering from shoulder pain, one of our no-risk, free injury screenings in Cedar Hill, MO may help determine the root of it. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Cedar Hill, 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 find relief with a customized treatment plan with knowledgeable physical therapists that specialize in movement health in Cedar Hill, MO can be an effective way to return to the activities you love.

Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Cedar Hill, MO

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

Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 stipulates that you need a prescription to attend physical therapy appointments, so it’s important to speak to your Cedar Hill, MO primary care physician to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our professional physical and occupational therapists are responsible and work closely with your primary care physician to make sure your treatment plan fits into your overall treatment plan.

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Cedar Hill, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A healthy shoulder is imperative to not only carrying out daily tasks with ease, but to keeping up the active lifestyles we desire. At Axes, we focus on patient results for Cedar Hill, MO residents by developing proven treatment plans catered to 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. Schedule an appointment online or call our location nearest you.

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  • Vestibular Therapy and Post-Concussion Rehabilitation
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