Des Peres, MO

Des Peres, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Des Peres, MO. Those who suffer from shoulder pain know the effect it can have on your life. It can make everything from driving to diving for a softball painful and, for some of us, unfeasible. But pain and limited shoulder movement does not have to be a part of your everyday life. At Axes Physical Therapy in Des Peres, MO, our professional physical therapists create customized treatment modalities, proven to work through research, to get you back to striking out opponents, or just combing your hair pain-free. Trust in us to safely and effectively treat your shoulder pain. Make an appointment online or call our location nearest you.

How Does the Shoulder Work? | Shoulder Pain in Des Peres, MO

The shoulder is one of the the largest and most complex joints we have. In reality, it is made up of four independent smaller joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is a ball and socket joint where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into a relatively small dish called the glenoid. Given the relatively shallow dish, it allows for more movement than any other joint.
  2. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is formed by the junction of the clavicle the acromion, the part of the scapula that is the highest part of the shoulder. 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 located where the clavicle meets the sternum at the base of the neck. This joint is where the arm and body meet, it coordinates 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 typical joint characteristics. 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 upper arm bone, which power movement and stabilize and protect the glenohumeral joint
  • the shoulder capsule, a a fluid-filled sac that surrounds and lubricates the joints in the shoulder
  • the four shoulder ligaments which help connect bone to bone and help reinforce the capsule
  • the tendons in the biceps and shoulder which affix muscle to bone
  • 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 blood vessels that supply much-needed blood to the shoulder

Optimal shoulder and movement health depends on every part of the system functioning well. Sufficient blood must flow to the shoulder efficiently to maintain healthy soft tissue 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 intact and strong, the ligaments connecting bones need to be similarly healthy, and the brain and shoulder need to have clear communication with each other. When any of these parts are not at optimal health, it can lead to a breakdown of the entire system, 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?

As the shoulder is complex, shoulder pain can have any of a number of root causes, from sports injuries to falls, 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 Des Peres, MO:

  • Bursitis The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that work as a cushion and gliding surface between tissues. Bursitis the result of the bursae becoming inflamed after overuse, often occurs in combination with irritation of the rotator cuff, and can make basic tasks like laying down to go to sleep exceedingly painful.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis generally occurs because of inflammation or irritation of a tendon. There are two types of tendinitis:
    • Acute: The result of a sudden blow, repeated overhead motions, or other overhead activities common in some competitive and activities and occupations, such as track and field throwing events or lifting boxes above your head.
    • Chronic: This can happen because of degenerative conditions 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 caused by sudden trauma, such lifting an incredibly heavy object, or wear and tear. The tendon is initially frayed before becoming torn. People often live with partial thickness tears obliviously. Full-thickness tears, where the tendon is no longer attached whatsoever to the bone, do not heal by themselves. Symptoms include pain with specific movements, pain when lying on the side of the affected shoulder, and a cracking feeling when performing specific movements.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement occurs when your acromion (the bony tip of your scapula) rubs against the soft tissue in your shoulder. It often occurs in tandem with an injury that causes inflammation in the rotator cuff. Shoulder impingement occurs the most in people who are physically active.
  • Shoulder Instability This occurs when the humerus is forced out of the shoulder socket, 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 surrounding areas of the shoulder. Chronic instability will result in shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
  • Arthritis While there are at least six types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the condition that typically affects the shoulder. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bones. It can be the result of old age, frequent trauma, and wear and tear. There is no cure for arthritis, but you can find effective pain management techniques with Des Peres, MO physical therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The humerus, collarbone, and scapula are the most commonly broken bones in the shoulder. They are often the result of falling from a height or high-energy collisions such as being tackles in a football game. The shoulder pain is usually significant, and the shoulder will experience substantial swelling and bruising.
  • Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries Nerve damage in the shoulder can occur when nerves are compressed, when scar tissue blocks their electric signals, or the nerves are torn into two pieces. 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 wear and tear.

At times, one injury leads to another, for example how an untreated rotator cuff tear can lead to arthritis. If you’re currently suffering from shoulder pain, one of our no-obligation, free injury screenings in Des Peres, MO may help determine why you’re experiencing the pain. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in Des Peres, MO may use a physical examination, an X-Ray, an MRI, a CT scan, arthrogram, and/or arthroscopy to discover the cause. For most injuries or conditions that cause shoulder pain, a personalized treatment plan with certified physical therapists and movement health specialists in Des Peres, MO can be an effective way to return to the activities you love.

Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Des Peres, MO

Your tailored and proven physical therapy may include any one or a variety of different treatment plans:

  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to identify degenerative tissue, break down scar tissue, and treat the affected area
  • Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, coordinated together with your physician, if you need surgery to relieve your shoulder pain
  • Kinesio Taping® to provide support for your shoulder and keep you safe as you participate in physical activity or go back to work while your body heals
  • Blood flow restriction training to improve strength while reducing overall stress on the shoulder
  • Trigger point dry needling to target harder-to-reach irritated soft tissue 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 Law stipulates that you need a prescription for physical therapy, so it’s necessary to speak to your Des Peres, MO doctor to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our licensed physical and occupational therapists work alongside your primary care physician to ensure you are getting the care that is safe for your condition.

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Des Peres, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

Optimal movement health is imperative to not only living our every day life, but to doing the things we love. At Axes, we focus on patient results for our Des Peres, MO clients by creating evidence-backed treatment plans based on 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. Schedule an appointment online or call the location nearest 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
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • DorsaVi Video Motion Analysis
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTYM)
  • Spine Specialty – Manual Therapy Certified
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

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Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Lauren Cavanaugh
Front Office Supervisor
Amanda Gubbels
DPT, CMPT, ATC
Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Brian Wahlig
Front Office Supervisor
Sarah Schroeder
MOTR/L, CHT, Astym Cert
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Front Office
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PT, MHSPT
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Front Office
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Front Office
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Front Office
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PT, CMPT
Katee Strunk
Front Office Team Lead
Mark Smith
PT, DPT, CMPT
Kaila Mikesch
PT, DPT, CMPT
Ali Bauer
PT, CMPT
Brandi Arndt
MPT, CMPT
Laura Jenkins
MS, OTR/L
Julie Freiner
OTR/L, CHT
Samantha Bixby
PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
Eric Meyer
PT, DPT, CMPT
Anthony Meyer
PT, DPT, CMPT
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Front Office
Rachel Weilandich
PT, DPT, CMPT
Brittany Stapp
Front Office Supervisor
Kelsey Kessler
PT, DPT, Astym. Cert.
Mitchell Hammack
PT, DPT, CMPT
Buddy Pich
PT, CMPT
Farren Holman
PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
Jodi Bielicke (Klott)
Clinic Director, PT, DPT, ASTYM Cert.
Sara Dowil
OTR/L, CHT
Mike Faris
Clinic Director, PT, CMPT
Emily Helton
Clinic Director, PT, DPT, CMPT, Astym Cert.
Ryan Knuckles
PT, DPT, Astym Cert., Dry Needling Cert.
Mandy Carter
MSPT, CMPT, ATC, CWC
Matt Williams
MS, OTR/L, ATC/L
Ray Bauer
Clinic Director, MSPT, CMPT
Brett Shelton
PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, CSMT
Jeff Hunter
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Scott Gallant
PT, FAAOMPT, BDN
Derrick Wolk
Clinic Director, MPT, CMPT
Greg Nicholas
Clinic Director, MPT, CMPT
Nick Weber
Clinic Director, MPT
Ernie Goddard
Clinic Director, PT
John Ruesler
Clinic Director, DPT, CMPT, Astym Cert.
Jennifer Szydlowski
Clinic Director, PT, CMPT
Stacey Collins
Clinic Director, PT, DPT, CMPT
Brian Freund
Clinic Director, DPT, CMPT, TPS, MBA
Joe Schmersahl
Clinic Director, PT, MTC, CMTPT
Bailey Zimmermann
Front Office Supervisor
Kelly Basler
Front Office
Daniel Scribner
PT, DPT, ATC
Jayne Scanlan
DPT, COMT, CMTPT, FAAOMPT
Sharon Titter
Clinic Director, MPT
Natalie Carter
PT, DPT, Astym. Cert.
Michelle Green
Front Office
Megan Phillips
Front Office
TJ Jung
PT, DPT
Kaysie Cope
Front Office
Christine Lucke
MPT, COMT.
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Clinic Director, PT, DPT, CSCS, Astym Cert.
Mary Headrick
Front Office Associate
Christine Blocker
Front Office Supervisor
Megan Mason
OTD, OTR/L
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PT, DPT, CMPT, Astym Cert.
Emma Witte
PTA, ASTYM Cert.
Linda McCoy
Front Office
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Front Office

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