Dardenne Prairie, MO

Dardenne Prairie, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Dardenne Prairie, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know how hard it can be to manage. It can make everything from strapping on a seatbelt to making a breakaway layup frustrating and, for certain people, impossible. But pain and limited shoulder movement is usually manageable and beatable with safe and effective treatment. At Axes Physical Therapy in Dardenne Prairie, MO, our professional physical therapists specialize in customized treatment modalities, based on evidence, to get you back to the activities you love most. Let us help you make your shoulder pain an ancient memory. Make an appointment online or call the location most convenient for you.

The Anatomy of the Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Dardenne Prairie, MO

The shoulder is among the largest and most complex joints we have. In actuality, it is a complex of four 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. Given the relatively shallow dish, it is the most mobile joint in the body.
  2. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the collarbone to the acromion, the bony tip on the outer edge of the scapula. A plane style synovial 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 collarbone meets the breastbone at the bottom of the neck. This joint is where the arm and body meet, 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 part of rib cage at the back of our bodies.

The shoulder is supported and surrounded by:

  • the four muscles of the rotator cup covering the head of the humerus, which allow for movement movement and keep the ball of the upper arm bone stable
  • the shoulder capsule, a soft tissue sac that encloses the joints in the shoulder
  • the four shoulder ligaments 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 allow for the brain and muscles to communicate with each other
  • the arteries that supply much-needed blood to the shoulder

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 repair minor damage. The muscles strong enough to move and flexible enough to safely make those movements, the tendons attaching bone and muscle 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 of these parts are not at optimal health, it can lead to a disruption of the entire network, and anywhere from nagging to debilitating 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 is complex, shoulder pain can have any of a number of root causes, from sports injuries to acute trauma, a work injury from overuse to our bodies just getting weaker as we get older. The following are the most common underlying conditions that lead to shoulder pain in Dardenne Prairie, 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 swollen after repeated activities, often occurs in association with shoulder impingement, and can make basic activities like laying down for bed tremendously difficult.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis generally occurs because of a tendon becoming irritated. There are two causes of tendinitis:
    • Acute: This can happen because of a sudden blow, excessive overhead motions, or other overhead activities common in some sports and fields of employment, such as track and field throwing events or moving objects overhead.
    • Chronic: The result of degenerative conditions or the body becoming weaker as we get older.

    The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside the joint.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be acute, like lifting an incredibly heavy object, or repetitive movements or old age. The tendon is initially frayed before becoming torn. People often live with partial tears unaware. Full-thickness tears, which pull the tendon off the bone, often require surgery. 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 cracking feeling with 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 is often the result of rotator cuff swellings because of an injury. Shoulder impingement is rarely caused by overuse, but rather by physical activity.
  • Shoulder Instability This occurs when the ball of the humerus 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 happens in combination with injury to the supporting soft tissue of the shoulder. Chronic instability will cause shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
  • Arthritis While there are at least six kinds of arthritis, the shoulder most typically suffers from osteoarthritis. 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. Arthritis cannot be cured, but effective pain management can be found with Dardenne Prairie, 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-impact collisions such as a car accident. The shoulder pain is usually intense, and the shoulder will experience substantial swelling and contusions.
  • Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries Nerve damage in the shoulder can occur when nerves are compressed, when scar tissue interferes with their electric signals, or the nerves burst. These injuries can cause shoulder pain, stingers, numbness, and loss of feeling in your upper extremities. They are commonly caused by sudden trauma but can also happen because of degenerative conditions.

Sometimes, injuries are connected, for example how an untreated rotator cuff tear can lead to arthritis. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our no-risk, free injury screenings in Dardenne Prairie, MO may help you discover the underlying cause. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in Dardenne Prairie, 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 experience relief with a tailored treatment plan with experienced physical therapists that specialize in movement health in Dardenne Prairie, MO can be a successful way to get you back to the activities you love.

How Do Dardenne Prairie, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?

Your tailored and proven 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 Dardenne Prairie, MO primary care physician to see if physical therapy is safe and an effective treatment option for your shoulder pain. Our professional physical and occupational therapists form a team with your primary care physician to make sure you are getting the care that fits into your overall treatment plan.

Shoulder Pain Dardenne Prairie, MO | Injury Rehabilitation | Physical Therapy Near Dardenne Prairie

Dardenne Prairie, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A well-functioning 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 positive outcomes for Dardenne Prairie, MO residents by implementing evidence-backed 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 activities you love and a pain-free life. Request an appointment online or find the location nearest you.

Services Offered

Services Offered
  • Physical Therapy
    • Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation
    • Acute Injury Management
    • Chronic Injury Management
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Vestibular Therapy and Post-Concussion Rehabilitation
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Julie Freiner
OTR/L, CHT
Mitchell Hammack
PT, DPT, CMPT
Matt Williams
MS, OTR/L, ATC/L
Jennifer Szydlowski
Clinic Director, PT, CMPT
Kaysie Cope
Front Office
Lauren Vaughn
PT, DPT, CMPT, Astym Cert.

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