Ethlyn, MO

Ethlyn, MO

Get back to to the activities you love with Axes Physical Therapy.

Shoulder Pain in Ethlyn, MO. Those who experience shoulder pain know how debilitating it can be. It can make any daily task from strapping on a seatbelt to serving an ace on the tennis court painful and, in some cases, impossible. But you do not have to accept pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes Physical Therapy in Ethlyn, MO, our licensed physical therapists specialize in tailored treatment plans, proven to work through research, to get you back to the activities you love most. Allow us to safely and effectively treat your shoulder pain. Schedule an appointment online or find our location most convenient for you.

The Anatomy of the Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Ethlyn, MO

The shoulder is among the largest and most complex joints we have. In truth, what is referred to as the shoulder joint is made up of four different joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is the joint where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into a relatively small dish called the glenoid. As 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 connects the clavicle to the acromion, the part of the scapula that is the highest part of the shoulder. A gliding joint, it helps extend the upper extremity from the trunk.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a plane-style synovial joint located where the collarbone meets the breastbone at the bottom of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the torso, 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 typical joint characteristics. It attaches and allows movement between the shoulder blade and the thoracic cage.

In addition to those four joints, the shoulder is made up of:

  • the four muscles of the rotator cup covering the head of the upper arm bone, which allow for movement movement and keep the ball of the humerus slipping out of the socket
  • the shoulder capsule, a a fluid-filled sac that surrounds and lubricates the joints in the shoulder
  • the ligaments of the shoulder which attach bones together and provide stability for the capsule
  • the biceps tendon and rotator cuff tendons which connect muscle to bone
  • the brachial plexus nerves that allow for the brain and muscles to communicate with each other
  • the arteries that supply nutritious blood to the shoulder

Being able to move your shoulder pain free depends on every part of the system functioning well. Blood must be allowed to reach the shoulder 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 maintain 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, contact Axes’ physical therapists for a no-risk, no-obligation injury screening.


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What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of circumstances, from sports injuries to being struck by an object, a work injury from overuse to old age. Below are common causes of shoulder pain that our physical and occupations therapists see in Ethlyn, 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 the result of the bursae becoming inflamed after repeated activities, often occurs at the same time as rotator cuff tendinitis, and can make basic activities like getting in and out of cars exceedingly difficult.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis is typically caused by 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 sports and occupations, such as volleyball or lifting boxes above your head.
    • Chronic: This can happen because of wear and tear or general weakness as we get weaker.

    The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside the joint.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be acute, like a blow to the shoulder, or repetitive movements or old age. They usually start with fraying and then tear. People often live with partial thickness tears unknowingly. Full-thickness tears, which go all the way through the tendon, do not heal by themselves. Associated symptoms are pain when performing specific motions, pain when sleeping, and a popping feeling with certain movements.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement is the result of the rotator cuff and bursae rubbing against your shoulder blade. It is often the result of rotator cuff swellings because of an injury. 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 humerus is exits 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 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 types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the form 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, repeated trauma, and wear and tear. Arthritis cannot be cured, but effective pain management is possible with Ethlyn, MO physical therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The humerus, 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, 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 compressed, when scar tissue interferes with their electric signals, or the nerves are torn into two pieces. These injuries can cause shoulder pain, stingers, tingling, and loss of feeling in your upper extremities. They are commonly caused by high-impact trauma but can also occur because of degenerative conditions.

Sometimes, injuries are intertwined, such as instability that leads to impingement. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our no-risk, free injury screenings in Ethlyn, MO may help determine why you’re experiencing the pain. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Ethlyn, 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 personalized treatment plan with certified physical therapists and movement health specialists in Ethlyn, MO can be a great way to return to the activities you love.

Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Ethlyn, MO

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

Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 states that you need a prescription for physical therapy, so it’s necessary to speak to your Ethlyn, MO doctor to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our experienced physical and occupational therapists are responsible and work closely with your primary care physician to make sure your treatment plan fits into your overall treatment plan.

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Ethlyn, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A well-functioning 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 Ethlyn, MO clients by creating proven treatment plans catered to your injury, pain level, age, and desired activity level. Do not wait to get back to the activities you love and a pain-free life. Schedule an appointment through our website or reach out to our location nearest you.

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Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
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OTR/L, CHT
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PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
Farren Holman
PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
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