Eureka, MO

Eureka, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Eureka, MO. Those who experience shoulder pain know how debilitating it can be. It makes everything from strapping on a seatbelt to diving for a softball painful and, in some cases, not even an option. But pain and limited shoulder movement does not have to be a part of your everyday life. At Axes Physical Therapy in Eureka, MO, our licensed physical therapists are experts at developing personalized treatment modalities, proven to work through research, to get you back to optimal movement health. Let us help you make your shoulder pain a long-forgotten memory. Request an appointment through our website or find the location most convenient for you.

The Human Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Eureka, MO

The shoulder is one of the human body’s largest and most intricate joints. In reality, it is made up of four independent smaller joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is the joint where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into the socket of the glenoid. Because the the top of the humerus is 3-4 times larger than the 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 gliding joint, it allows your shoulder blade to follow the movements of the other shoulder joints.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint located where the collarbone meets the sternum at the base of the neck. This joint is where the arm and torso meet, it connects the movement of the upper limb with the core of your body.
  4. The scapulothoracic (ST) “joint” is not a true anatomical joint as it does not have ligaments connecting it to bone. It is made up of the scapula 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 humerus, which are responsible for movement and keep the head of the upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder
  • the shoulder capsule, a soft tissue sac that surrounds and protects the joints in the shoulder
  • the four shoulder ligaments which help connect bone to bone and help reinforce the capsule
  • the biceps tendon and rotator cuff tendons which allow muscles to power the bones
  • the brachial plexus nerves that send motor messages from the brain to muscles and sensory information (like pain) from the joints back to the brain
  • the blood vessels that pump much-needed blood to the shoulder

Optimal shoulder and movement health depends on every part of the system functioning well. Sufficient blood must reach to the shoulder efficiently to keep oxygen levels and muscles strong and stimulate the body’s natural recovery 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 that attach our 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 can lead to a disruption of the entire complex, and anywhere from nagging to intense shoulder pain or loss of function. If if shoulder pain or poor shoulder movement is part of your daily life, reach out to Axes’ physical therapists for a complimentary injury screening.


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What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain can be caused by numerous different circumstances, from sports injuries to acute trauma, 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 Eureka, MO:

  • Bursitis The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion bones, tendons, and muscles in and around your joints. Bursitis occurs when the bursae because swollen after overuse, often occurs at the same time as rotator cuff tendinitis, and can make daily tasks like getting in and out of cars exceedingly painful.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis is typically caused by a tendon becoming irritated. It typically falls into one of two categories:
    • Acute: The result of a sudden blow, repeated overhead motions, or other overhead activities needed in some sports and occupations, such as throwing overhead or moving objects above your head.
    • Chronic: This can happen because of wear and tear or the body becoming weaker as we get older.

    The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside the joint.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be acute, such falling on an outstretched arm, 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, where the tendon is completely detached from the bone, often require surgery. Common symptoms are pain when performing certain movements, pain when sleeping, and a clicking feeling when performing specific movements.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement describes when your acromion (the bony tip of your scapula) pinches the rotator cuff and bursae. It often occurs alongside 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 humerus is allowed to move out of the socket when the capsule or ligaments become damaged, and also can happen suddenly or from wear and tear. 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 supporting soft tissue of the shoulder. Long-term 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 typically experiences osteoarthritis. It occurs when the cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between your bones weakens and wears away. Common causes include old age, repeated trauma, and wear and tear. Arthritis cannot be cured, but effective pain management is possible with Eureka, MO physical therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The upper arm bone, collarbone, and scapula are the bones in the shoulder most prone to breaking. They usually happen as the result of falling from a height or high-energy collisions such as being tackles in a football game. The shoulder pain is usually intense, and the shoulder will experience substantial inflammation and contusions.
  • Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries Nerve damage in the shoulder can occur when nerves are impinged on, when scar tissue interferes with their electric signals, or the nerves rupture. Axillary nerve and brachial plexus injuries can cause shoulder pain, stingers, weakness, and loss of feeling in your upper extremities. They are commonly caused by a sudden blow but can also happen because of overuse.

At times, one injury leads to another, such as an impingement causing damage to the nerves. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our safe, free injury screenings in Eureka, MO may help you discover the underlying cause. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in Eureka, MO may use a physical examination, an X-Ray, an MRI, a CT scan, arthrogram, and/or arthroscopy to discover the cause. Most people who experience shoulder pain can experience relief with a customized treatment plan with licensed physical therapists that specialize in movement health in Eureka, MO can be a successful way to return to the activities you love.

Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Eureka, MO

Your personalized and evidence-backed physical therapy treatment plan 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, coordinated together with your doctor, if your shoulder pain was caused by an injury that needed surgery to correct
  • Kinesio Taping® to provide support for your shoulder and keep you safe as you participate in sports or go back to work while you are still recovering
  • Blood flow restriction training to offer your shoulder a low-intensity exercise with high-intensity results
  • Trigger point dry needling to attack irritated muscles, ligaments, and tendons deeper in the body to encourage the body’s natural healing processes
  • Posture correction to ensure you do not contribute to your injuries or do not heal correctly
  • Injury prevention so you do not lose your active lifestyle in the future
  • Other safe, effective treatment methods to increase and maintain your mobility

Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 dictates that you need a prescription for physical therapy, so it’s necessary to speak to your Eureka, 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 are responsible and work closely with your primary care physician to make sure your treatment plan fits into your overall treatment plan.

Shoulder Pain Eureka, MO | Injury Rehabilitation | Physical Therapy Near Eureka

Eureka, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A well-functioning shoulder is important to not only living our every day life, but to doing the things we love. At Axes, we focus on positive outcomes for our Eureka, MO clients by creating evidence-backed treatment plans based on your injury, pain level, age, and desired activity level. You do not have to delay in getting back to the activities you love and a pain-free life. Make an appointment through our website or call our location most convenient for you.

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  • 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
  • DorsaVi Video Motion Analysis
  • Vestibular Therapy and Post-Concussion Rehabilitation
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

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Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Lauren Huckstep
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