Shoulder Pain in Desloge, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know the limitations it can place on your life. It can make everything from strapping on a seatbelt to serving an ace on the tennis court painful and, sometimes, not even an option. But pain and limited shoulder movement is usually manageable and beatable with safe and effective treatment. At Axes Physical Therapy in Desloge, MO, our licensed physical therapists create customized treatment modalities, backed by proven research, to get you back to the activities you love most. Let us help you turn your shoulder pain from a daily occurrence into a thing of the past. Request an appointment online or call our location most convenient for you.
The Anatomy of the Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Desloge, MO
The shoulder is among the largest and most intricate joints we have. In reality, it is made up of four independent smaller joints:
- The glenohumeral (GH) joint is a ball and socket joint responsible for connecting the upper extremity to the trunk. Because the the top of the humerus is several times larger than the socket, it is the most mobile joint in the body.
- The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the clavicle to the acromion, the bony tip on the outer edge of the shoulder blade. A gliding joint, it allows for additional rotation of the shoulder blade.
- The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint formed by the clavicle the breastbone at the bottom of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the torso, it it ensures your arm and body act in tandem.
- 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 addition to those four joints, the shoulder consists of:
- the four muscles of the rotator cup covering the head of the upper arm bone, which power movement and keep the ball of the humerus slipping out of the socket
- the shoulder capsule, a tough sheath or membrane that surrounds and protects 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 affix muscle to bone
- the brachial plexus nerves that allow for the brain and muscles to communicate with each other
- the blood vessels that supply nutrient-rich blood to the shoulder
In order for the shoulder to function properly every joint, ligament, tendon, muscle, artery, capsule, and nerve must function well. Blood must be allowed to reach the shoulder maintain healthy soft tissue and stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. The muscles strong enough to move and flexible enough to safely make those movements, 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 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 often causes shoulder pain and movement problems. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain or any other symptoms of a shoulder injury, contact Axes’ physical therapists for a no-risk, no-obligation injury screening.
What’s Behind My Shoulder Pain?
As the shoulder has so many moving parts, shoulder pain can have many root causes, from sports injuries to a car accident, a work injury from repeated activities to our bodies just getting weaker as we get older. The following are the most common underlying conditions that lead to shoulder pain in Desloge, MO:
- Bursitis — The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that act as shock absorbers and reduce friction in joints. Bursitis occurs when the bursae because irritated after repeated activities, often occurs at the same time as irritation of the rotator cuff, and can make basic tasks like getting dressed immensely painful.
- Tendinitis — Tendinitis is typically caused by inflammation or irritation of a tendon. 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 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 a dull ache, throbbing, and slight swelling.
- Rotator Cuff Tear — These can also be caused by acute injuries, like lifting an incredibly heavy object, or repetitive movements or old age. They usually start with fraying and then tear. People often live with partial thickness tears obliviously. Full-thickness tears, which pull the tendon off the bone, do not heal by themselves. Associated symptoms are pain with certain motions, pain when sleeping, and a popping sensation when performing specific movements.
- Shoulder Impingement — Impingement is the result of soft tissue rubbing against your shoulder blade. It often occurs in combination with an injury that causes inflammation in the rotator cuff. Shoulder impingement is rarely caused by overuse, but rather by physical activity.
- Shoulder Instability — This happens when the ball of the upper arm bone is forced out of the shoulder socket, and also can be the result of injury or overuse. Dislocations can be repeated and partial or the entire bone coming out of the socket. It often is accompanied by injury to the surrounding areas of the shoulder. Chronic instability will cause shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
- Arthritis — While arthritis refers to a range of diagnoses, osteoarthritis is the condition 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, frequent trauma, and wear and tear. There is no cure for arthritis, but effective pain management is possible with Desloge, MO physical therapists.
- Shoulder Fractures — The upper arm bone, collarbone, and scapula are the bones in the shoulder most vulnerable to fracture. They are often the result of falling from a height or high-energy collisions such as a car accident. The shoulder pain is immediate and obvious, along with substantial inflammation 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 communication between the brain and shoulder, or the nerves burst. Axillary nerve and brachial plexus injuries can cause shoulder pain, stingers, numbness, and loss of feeling in your shoulder, arm, or hand. They are usually the result of sudden trauma but can also occur because of wear and tear.
Sometimes, injuries are intertwined, such as a dislocation causing damage to the nerves. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our safe, free injury screenings in Desloge, MO may help determine the underlying cause. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Desloge, 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 customized treatment plan with knowledgeable physical therapists and movement health specialists in Desloge, MO can be an effective way to return to the activities you love.
Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Desloge, MO
Your tailored and proven physical therapy treatments may include:
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to identify degenerative tissue, smooth out scar tissue, and treat the affected area
- Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, based on a plan with come up with alongside your doctor, if your shoulder pain was caused by an injury that needed surgery to correct
- Kinesio Taping® to reduce pain and inflammation and allow you to participate in sports or go back to 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 harder-to-reach damaged muscles, ligaments, and tendons to stimulate blood flow
- Posture correction to ensure you are not inadvertently causing your shoulder pain or do not heal correctly
- Injury prevention so you and your shoulder and stay healthy and active
- Other safe, effective treatment methods to optimize your mobility
Missouri Law requires a prescription for physical therapy, so it’s necessary to speak to your Desloge, MO doctor to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our knowledgeable physical and occupational therapists work alongside your primary care physician to ensure you are getting the care that fits into your overall treatment plan.
Desloge, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy
Optimal movement health is essential to not only living our every day life, but to doing the things we love. At Axes, we focus on positive outcomes for our Desloge, MO clients by implementing evidence-backed treatment plans based on your injury, pain level, age, and the activities you want to get back to. Do not wait to get back to the activities you love and a pain-free life. Request an appointment through our website or find our location nearest you.