Earth City, MO

Earth City, MO

Get back to to the lifestyle you desire with Axes Physical Therapy.

Shoulder Pain in Earth City, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know how hard it can be to manage. It makes any basic task from brushing your teeth to playing volleyball 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 Earth City, MO, our experienced physical therapists are experts at developing customized treatment plans, based on evidence, to get you back to the activities you love most. Allow us to make your shoulder pain an ancient memory. Make an appointment through our website or reach out to our location nearest you.

How Does the Shoulder Work? | Shoulder Pain in Earth City, MO

The shoulder is one of the human body’s largest and most intricate joints. In actuality, it is a multiplex 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 socket, it allows for more movement than any other joint.
  2. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is formed by the junction of the collarbone the acromion, the part of the shoulder blade that is the highest part of the shoulder. 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 plane-style synovial joint formed by the collarbone the breastbone at the base of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the torso, it it ensures your arm and body move in coordination.
  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 thoracic cage.

In addition to 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 stabilize and protect the glenohumeral joint
  • the shoulder capsule, a a fluid-filled sac that surrounds and lubricates 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 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 nutrient-rich blood to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons

In order for the shoulder to function properly the entire complex system must function well. Sufficient blood must flow to the shoulder efficiently to keep oxygen levels and muscles strong and stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. The muscles strong enough to move and flexible enough to safely make those movements, the tendons attaching bone and muscle must be intact and strong, the ligaments connecting bones need to help support proper structure, 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 often causes shoulder pain and movement problems. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain or any other symptoms of a shoulder injury, reach out to Axes’ physical therapists for a free injury screening.


Shoulder Pain Earth City, MO | Injury Rehabilitation | Physical Therapy Near Earth City


What Causes Shoulder Pain?

As the shoulder is complex, shoulder pain can have many root causes, from sports injuries to a car accident, a work injury from repeated activities to old age. The following are the most common underlying conditions that lead to shoulder pain in Earth City, MO:

  • Bursitis The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion bones, tendons, and muscles in and around your shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, and other joints. Bursitis occurs when the bursae because inflamed after overuse, often occurs at the same time as inflammation of the rotator cuff, and can make basic activities like getting dressed immensely painful.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis is typically caused by a tendon becoming irritated. There are two types of tendinitis:
    • Acute: This can happen because 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: The result 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 acute, like lifting an incredibly heavy object, or wear and tear. They begin with fraying and ultimately tear. People often live with partial tears unknowingly. Full-thickness tears, which go all the way through the tendon, do not heal by themselves. Symptoms include pain with certain motions, pain when sleeping, and a grinding feeling when performing specific motions.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement is the result of the rotator cuff and bursae 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, and is most common in athletes or others who engage in 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 damaged, and also can be the result of injury or wear and tear. 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 result in shoulder pain and a sense of the shoulder “giving way.”
  • Arthritis While arthritis refers to a range of diagnoses, the shoulder most commonly experiences osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bones. Common causes include tissue weakening as we become older, persistent injuries, and overuse. Arthritis cannot be cured, but you can find effective pain management techniques with Earth City, MO physical and occupational 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 forceful collisions such as a car accident. 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 is the result of when nerves are impinged on, when scar tissue blocks signals between the brain and shoulder, or the nerves rupture. Axillary nerve and brachial plexus injuries can cause shoulder pain, stingers, numbness, and loss of sensation in your upper extremities. They are usually the result of sudden 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 Earth City, MO may help determine the root of it. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in Earth City, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy to discover the cause. Most people who experience shoulder pain can find relief with a customized treatment plan with experienced physical therapists that specialize in movement health in Earth City, MO can be an effective way to return to a pain-free daily life and the active lifestyle you deserve.

How Do Earth City, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?

Your tailored and proven physical therapy treatments may include:

Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 states that you need a prescription to attend physical therapy appointments, so it’s necessary to speak to your Earth City, MO primary care physician 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.

Shoulder Pain Earth City, MO | Injury Rehabilitation | Physical Therapy Near Earth City

Earth City, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A healthy shoulder is important to not only carrying out daily tasks with ease, but to doing the things we love. At Axes, we focus on patient results for our Earth City, MO clients by creating proven treatment plans catered to your injury, pain level, age, and how physically active you need to be. You do not have to delay in getting back to the things you love doing most and a pain-free life. Make an appointment through our website or call our 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
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (Astym)
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Video Motion Analysis
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Nick Weber
Clinic Director, MPT
Bailey Zimmermann
Front Office Supervisor
Daniel Scribner
PT, DPT, ATC

Locations

Begin Your Recovery Today

Injuries and pain shouldn’t keep you from moving and doing the things you love.