Doe Run, MO

Doe Run, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Doe Run, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know the effect it can have on your life. It makes everything from watering the flowers to serving an ace on the tennis court painful and, in some cases, not even an option. But you do not have to accept pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes PT in Doe Run, MO, our professional physical therapists specialize in tailored treatment modalities, based on evidence, to get you back to the activities you love most. Let us help you make your shoulder pain a long-forgotten memory. Make an appointment through our website or reach out to our location nearest you.

The Human Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Doe Run, MO

The shoulder is one of the human body’s largest and most complex joints. In actuality, it is a multiplex of four joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is a ball and socket joint responsible for connecting the upper extremity to the trunk. Because the ball 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 clavicle the acromion, the part of the scapula that is the highest part of the shoulder. A gliding joint, it allows you to outstretch your arm.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a plane-style synovial joint located where the collarbone meets the sternum at the base of the neck. This joint is where the arm and torso meet, it it ensures your arm and body move in tandem.
  4. The scapulothoracic (ST) “joint” is not a true anatomical joint as it does not have does not have union by fibrous, cartilaginous or synovial tissues. It is made up of the shoulder blade and its articulation with the ribcage.

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 GH joint
  • the shoulder capsule, a a fluid-filled sac that surrounds and lubricates the shoulder
  • the ligaments of the shoulder which help connect bone to bone and help reinforce the capsule
  • the tendons in the biceps and shoulder 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 pump nutritious blood to the shoulder

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 healing 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 messages most be able to be sent and received between the brain and shoulder. When any of these functions are not being carried out in a healthy way, it can lead to a disruption of the whole system, 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, contact Axes’ physical therapists for a free injury screening.


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What’s Behind My Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain can be caused by numerous different 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 the most common underlying conditions that lead to shoulder pain in Doe Run, 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 overuse, often occurs at the same time as shoulder impingement, and can make basic tasks like getting dressed incredibly 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 trauma, excessive throwing, or other overhead activities needed in some competitive and activities and fields of employment, such as swimming or lifting and lowering objects.
    • Chronic: This can happen because of degenerative conditions or the body becoming weaker as we age.

    Symptoms include aching, tenderness, and mild swelling.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be caused by acute injuries, like falling on an outstretched arm, or wear and tear. They usually start with fraying and then tear. People often live with partial thickness tears unknowingly. Complete tears, which go all the way through the tendon, often require surgery. Common symptoms are having difficulty raising your arm or lifting things you normally can, pain when sleeping, and a grinding feeling when performing specific motions.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement describes when your acromion (outer edge of your shoulder blade) pinches the soft tissue in your shoulder. It often occurs in combination with an injury that causes inflammation in the rotator cuff. Shoulder impingement occurs the most in people who play sports or are otherwise 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 is accompanied by injury to the surrounding areas of the shoulder. Long-term instability will result in shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
  • Arthritis While arthritis refers to a range of diagnoses, the shoulder most typically suffers from osteoarthritis. It occurs when the cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between your bones breaks down. Common causes include tissue weakening as we become older, frequent trauma, and wear and tear. There is no cure for arthritis, but you can find effective pain management techniques with Doe Run, MO physical and occupational therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The humerus, collarbone, 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-impact collisions such as being tackles in a football game. The shoulder pain is immediate and obvious, and the shoulder will experience considerable swelling and contusions.
  • Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries Nerve damage in the shoulder can occur when nerves are impinged on, when scar tissue blocks signals between the brain and shoulder, or the nerves rupture. These injuries can cause shoulder pain along with a range of other sensations. They are commonly caused by high-impact trauma but can also occur because of degenerative conditions.

Sometimes, injuries are connected, for example instability that leads to impingement. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our safe, free injury screenings in Doe Run, MO may help you discover why you’re experiencing the pain. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Doe Run, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy. Most people who experience shoulder pain can find recovery with a personalized treatment plan with professional physical therapists that specialize in movement health in Doe Run, MO can be a great way to return to the things you love to do the most.

How Do Doe Run, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?

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

Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 dictates that you need a prescription to attend physical therapy appointments, so you need to reach out to your Doe Run, MO primary care physician to see if physical therapy is safe and an effective treatment option for your shoulder pain. Our licensed physical and occupational therapists form a team with your primary care physician to make sure your treatment plan is safe for your condition.

Shoulder Pain Doe Run, MO | Injury Rehabilitation | Physical Therapy Near Doe Run

Doe Run, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

Optimal movement health 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 our Doe Run, MO clients by developing proven 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 things you love doing most and a pain-free life. Make an appointment online or find our location nearest you.

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  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
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  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

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