Ferguson, MO

Ferguson, MO

Get back to to the activities you love with a personalized, prove physical therapy treatment plan.

Shoulder Pain in Ferguson, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know how debilitating it can be. It makes any basic task from driving to serving an ace on the tennis court painful and, for some of us, not even an option. But you do not need to live the rest of your life with pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes Physical Therapy in Ferguson, MO, our professional physical therapists specialize in personalized treatment plans, based on evidence, to get you back to optimal movement health. Let us help you make your shoulder pain an ancient memory. Schedule an appointment through our website or find our location nearest you.

How Does the Shoulder Work? | Shoulder Pain in Ferguson, MO

The shoulder is one of the the largest and most complex joints we have. In reality, it is a compound 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 dish, 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 helps extend the upper extremity from the trunk.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding 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 coordinates 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 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 that surround the head of the upper arm bone, which are responsible for movement and keep the ball of the upper arm bone slipping out of the socket
  • the shoulder capsule, a a fluid-filled sac that surrounds and lubricates the shoulder
  • the ligaments of the shoulder which provide passive stability while still allowing for a wide range of movements
  • the biceps tendon and rotator cuff tendons 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 nutrient-rich blood to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons

In order for the shoulder to function properly every joint, ligament, tendon, muscle, artery, capsule, and nerve must function well. Sufficient blood must reach to the shoulder efficiently to keep oxygen levels and muscles strong and repair minor damage. The muscles strong enough to move and flexible enough to safely make those movements, the tendons attaching bone and muscle must be strong, flexible, and free of rips or tears, the ligaments that attach our bones need to help maintain structure, and the nerves need to have a strong and secure connection to the brain. When any of these parts are not at optimal health, it can lead to a disruption of the whole network, and anywhere from nagging to severe 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 no-risk, no-obligation injury screening.


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


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 old age. The following are common causes of shoulder pain that our team see in Ferguson, 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 inflamed after repeated activities, often occurs in combination with inflammation of the rotator cuff, and can make daily activities 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, excessive overhead motions, or other overhead activities needed in some sports and fields of employment, such as volleyball or lifting boxes overhead.
    • Chronic: The result of wear and tear or the body becoming weaker as we age.

    The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside the joint.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be acute, like falling on an outstretched arm, or repetitive movements or old age. The tendon is initially frayed before becoming torn. People often live with partial thickness tears unaware. Full-thickness tears, which go all the way through the tendon, do not heal by themselves. Symptoms include pain when performing certain motions, pain when lying on the side of the affected shoulder, and a cracking feeling with certain movements.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement occurs when your acromion (outer edge of your shoulder blade) irritates the soft tissue in your shoulder. It is often the result of rotator cuff swellings after an injury. Shoulder impingement is rarely caused by overuse, but rather by physical activity.
  • Shoulder Instability This happens when the humerus is forced out of the shoulder socket, and also can be the result of injury or 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 happens in combination with injury to the surrounding areas of the shoulder. Long-term instability will cause shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
  • Arthritis While arthritis refers to a range of diagnoses, the shoulder most typically suffers from osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bones. It can be the result of old age, persistent injuries, and wear and tear. Arthritis cannot be cured, but you can find effective pain management methods with Ferguson, MO physical and occupational therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The humerus, collarbone, and scapula are the bones in the shoulder most susceptible to breaking. 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 swelling and contusions.
  • Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries Nerve damage in the shoulder is the result of when nerves are stretched, when scar tissue blocks communication between the brain and shoulder, or the nerves rupture. Axillary nerve and brachial plexus injuries can cause shoulder pain along with a range of other sensations. They are usually the result of sudden trauma but can also happen because of overuse.

At times, one injury leads to another, for example how an untreated rotator cuff tear can lead to arthritis. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our no-risk, free injury screenings in Ferguson, MO may help you discover the underlying cause. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in Ferguson, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy to discover the cause. For most injuries or conditions that cause shoulder pain, a tailored treatment plan with professional physical therapists and movement health specialists in Ferguson, MO can be a successful way to get you back to a pain-free daily life and the active lifestyle you deserve.

How Do Ferguson, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?

Your customized 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 for physical therapy, so you need to reach out to your Ferguson, MO physician to see if physical therapy is safe and an effective treatment option for your shoulder pain. Our professional physical and occupational therapists work alongside your primary care physician to make sure you are getting the care that fits into your overall treatment plan.

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

Ferguson, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A well-functioning shoulder is imperative to not only living our every day life, but to doing the things we love. At Axes, we focus on patient results for Ferguson, MO people of all ages by developing proven 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. Schedule an appointment through our website or find the location most convenient for you.

Services Offered

Services Offered
  • Physical Therapy
    • Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation
    • Acute Injury Management
    • Chronic Injury Management
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy
  • Spine Specialty

Our Team

Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Antoinette Ghoston
Front Office
Brandi Arndt
MPT, CMPT
Laura Jenkins
MS, OTR/L
Brett Shelton
PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, CSMT
TJ Jung
PT, DPT

Locations

Begin Your Recovery Today

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