Festus, MO

Festus, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Festus, MO. Those who suffer from shoulder pain know how hard it can be to manage. It can make any basic task from driving to diving for a softball painful and, sometimes, not even an option. But you do not have to accept pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes PT in Festus, MO, our professional physical therapists are experts at creating customized treatment plans, based on evidence, to get you back to striking out opponents, or just combing your hair pain-free. Allow us to make your shoulder pain an ancient memory. Schedule an appointment online or call the location nearest you.

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

The shoulder is one of the human body’s largest and most complex joints. In reality, what is referred to as the shoulder joint is made up of four different joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is the joint responsible for connecting the upper extremity to the trunk. Because the top of the upper arm bone is several times larger than the socket, it has the widest range of motion as any other human joint.
  2. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the collarbone to the acromion, the bony tip on the outer edge of the shoulder blade. A plane style synovial joint, it allows for additional rotation of the shoulder blade.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a plane-style synovial joint located where the clavicle meets the sternum at the bottom of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the torso, it connects 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 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 upper arm bone, which are responsible for 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 four shoulder ligaments which provide passive stability while still allowing for movements in different planes
  • 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 supply 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 be able to work together. Sufficient blood must flow 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 connecting them to the bones must be intact and strong, the ligaments connecting bones need to be similarly healthy, and the brain and shoulder need to have clear communication with each other. When any of these parts are not at optimal health, it can lead to a breakdown of the whole complex, 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 complimentary 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. The following are common causes of shoulder pain that our team see in Festus, MO:

  • Bursitis The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that act as shock absorbers and reduce friction in joints. Bursitis occurs when the bursae because irritated after repeated activities, often occurs at the same time as irritation of the rotator cuff, and can make daily activities like getting dressed exceedingly difficult.
  • 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 trauma, repeated overhead motions, or other overhead activities common in some competitive and activities and occupations, such as tennis or lifting boxes overhead.
    • 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, such falling on an outstretched arm, or repetitive movements or old age. The tendon is initially frayed before becoming torn. People often live with partial tears obliviously. Complete tears, where the tendon is completely detached from the bone, do not heal by themselves. Common symptoms are pain with certain motions, pain when lying on the side of the affected shoulder, and a clicking sensation when performing specific movements.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement is the result of the rotator cuff and bursae rubbing against your shoulder blade. It often occurs in tandem 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 happen suddenly or from overuse. Dislocations can be repeated and partial or the entire bone coming out of the socket. It often happens in combination with injury to the surrounding areas of the shoulder. Chronic instability will cause shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
  • Arthritis While arthritis refers to a range of diagnoses, the shoulder most commonly suffers from osteoarthritis. It is the result of the cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between your bones weakens and wears away. Common causes include old age, persistent injuries, and overuse. Arthritis cannot be cured, but effective pain management can be found with Festus, MO physical and occupational therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The upper arm bone, clavicle, and shoulder blade are the bones in the shoulder most susceptible to fracture. 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 contusions.
  • 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 are otherwise damaged. Axillary nerve and brachial plexus injuries can cause shoulder pain, stingers, tingling, and loss of sensation in your shoulder, arm, or hand. They are usually the result of a sudden blow but can also happen because of degenerative conditions.

Sometimes, injuries are connected, such as instability that leads to impingement. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our safe, free injury screenings in Festus, MO may help you discover the underlying cause. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Festus, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy. For most injuries or conditions that cause shoulder pain, a customized treatment plan with certified physical therapists and movement health specialists in Festus, MO can be a great way to return to the things you love to do the most.

How Do Festus, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?

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

  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to detect and treat any problems with your muscles, ligaments, or tendons
  • Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, based on a plan with come up with alongside your doctor, if your shoulder pain was caused by an injury that needed surgery to correct
  • Kinesio Taping® to reduce pain and inflammation and allow you to participate in sports or work while your body heals
  • Blood flow restriction training to improve strength while reducing overall stress on the shoulder
  • Trigger point dry needling to attack damaged muscles, ligaments, and tendons deeper in the body to encourage the body’s natural healing processes
  • Posture correction to make sure you are not inadvertently causing your shoulder pain or do not heal correctly
  • Injury prevention so you can keep participating in the activities you love
  • Other safe, effective treatment methods to optimize your mobility

Missouri Law requires a prescription to attend physical therapy appointments, so it’s necessary to speak to your Festus, MO primary care physician to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our knowledgeable physical and occupational therapists are responsible and work closely with your primary care physician to make sure your treatment plan is safe for your condition.

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

Festus, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A well-functioning shoulder is imperative to not only living our every day life, but to keeping up the active lifestyles we desire. At Axes, we focus on patient results for our Festus, MO clients by developing proven treatment plans based on your injury, pain level, age, and how physically active you need to be. You do not have to delay in getting back to the activities you love and a pain-free life. Schedule an appointment online or call the location nearest you.

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Services Offered
  • Physical Therapy
    • Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation
    • Acute Injury Management
    • Chronic Injury Management
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Advanced Work Rehabilitation
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Vestibular Therapy/Concussion Management
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

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Stephen Brunjes
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Angie LeClere
Front Office
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Front Office
Helen Ziegler
Front Office
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PT, DPT, CMPT
Ryan Knuckles
PT, DPT, Astym Cert., Dry Needling Cert.
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Clinic Director, PT
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