Clearwater, MO

Clearwater, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Clearwater, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know the limitations it can place on your life. It can make any basic task from strapping on a seatbelt to playing volleyball painful and, for certain people, not even an option. But you do not have to accept pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes Physical Therapy in Clearwater, MO, our professional physical therapists create tailored treatment plans, based on evidence, to get you back to the activities you love most. Trust in us to make your shoulder pain an ancient memory. Request an appointment through our website or reach out to the location nearest you.

The Anatomy of the Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Clearwater, MO

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

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is a ball and socket joint responsible for connecting the upper extremity to the trunk. As the the top of the humerus is 3-4 times larger than the socket, it has the widest range of motion as any other human 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 scapula. A plane joint, it allows your shoulder blade to follow the movements of the other shoulder joints.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a plane-style synovial joint located where the clavicle meets the breastbone at the foundation of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the body, it connects the movement of the upper limb with the core of your body.
  4. The scapulothoracic (ST) “joint” is not a true anatomical joint as it does not have typical joint characteristics. 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 humerus, which allow for movement movement and keep the head of the upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder
  • the shoulder capsule, a soft tissue sac that encloses the joints in 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 attach muscle to bone
  • the brachial plexus nerves that allow for the brain and muscles to communicate with each other
  • the arteries that supply nutrient-rich blood to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons

Optimal shoulder and movement health depends on every part of the system being healthy and working together. Blood must flow freely to the shoulder keep oxygen levels and muscles strong and stimulate the body’s natural recovery 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 be similarly healthy, and messages most be able to be sent and received between the brain and shoulder. When any one of the parts of the shoulder is damaged, inflamed, or otherwise irritated, it can lead to a disruption of the whole complex, and anywhere from nagging to intense 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’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 team see in Clearwater, 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 irritated after repeated activities, often occurs in association with shoulder impingement, and can make daily tasks like brushing your teeth exceedingly difficult.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis generally occurs because of inflammation or irritation of a tendon. There are two causes of tendinitis:
    • Acute: The result of trauma, excessive overhead motions, or other overhead activities common in some sports and fields of employment, such as tennis or moving objects above your head.
    • Chronic: This can happen because of wear and tear or general weakness as we age.

    Symptoms include a dull ache, throbbing, and mild swelling.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be caused by acute injuries, such lifting an incredibly heavy object, or repetitive movements or old age. They begin with fraying and ultimately tear. A partial tear often goes unnoticed. Complete tears, which pull the tendon off the bone, do not heal by themselves. Symptoms include pain with certain movements, pain when lying on the side of the affected shoulder, and a clicking sensation with specific 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 rarely caused by overuse, and is most common in athletes or others who engage in physical activity.
  • Shoulder Instability This happens when the head of the humerus is forced out of the shoulder socket, and also can happen suddenly or from 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 a sense of the shoulder “giving way.”
  • Arthritis While arthritis refers to a range of diagnoses, the shoulder most typically experiences osteoarthritis. It occurs when the cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between your bones breaks down. Common causes include old age, repeated injuries, and overuse. Arthritis cannot be cured, but you can find effective pain management methods with Clearwater, MO physical therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The humerus, clavicle, and scapula 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 a car accident. 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 compressed, when scar tissue interferes with communication between the brain and shoulder, or the nerves rupture. These injuries can cause shoulder pain along with a range of other sensations. They are usually the result of high-impact trauma but can also occur because of overuse.

Sometimes, injuries are intertwined, such as a dislocation that leads to damage to the nerves. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our no-obligation, free injury screenings in Clearwater, MO may help determine the underlying cause. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in Clearwater, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy to discover the cause. Most people who experience shoulder pain can experience recovery with a tailored treatment plan with experienced physical therapists that are experts in movement health in Clearwater, MO can be a great way to get you back to the activities you love.

Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Clearwater, MO

Your tailored and proven physical therapy treatments may include:

  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to identify soft tissue restrictions, break down scar tissue, and treat the affected area
  • Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, coordinated together with your doctor, if your shoulder pain was caused by an injury that needed surgery to correct
  • Kinesio Taping® to reduce pain and inflammation and keep you safe as you participate in physical activity or work while you are still recovering
  • Blood flow restriction training to offer your shoulder a low-intensity exercise with high-intensity benefits
  • Trigger point dry needling to attack damaged 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 heal improperly
  • Injury prevention so you do not lose your active lifestyle in the future
  • Other safe, effective techniques to increase and maintain your mobility

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

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

Clearwater, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

Optimal movement health is essential to not only living our every day life, but to keeping up the active lifestyles we desire. At Axes, we focus on patient results for Clearwater, MO people of all ages by implementing proven treatment plans catered to your injury, pain level, age, and the activities you want to get back to. 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 reach out to the location most convenient for you.

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Services Offered
  • Physical Therapy
    • 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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Angie LeClere
Front Office
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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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