Foristell, MO

Foristell, MO

Get back to to the lifestyle you desire with a personalized, prove physical therapy treatment plan.

Shoulder Pain in Foristell, MO. Those who experience shoulder pain know how hard it can be to manage. It makes everything from pouring a cup of coffee to making a breakaway layup frustrating and, for certain people, not even an option. But pain and limited shoulder movement is usually manageable and beatable with safe and effective treatment. At Axes Physical Therapy in Foristell, MO, our professional physical therapists are experts at designing tailored treatment modalities, backed by proven research, to get you back to striking out opponents, or just combing your hair pain-free. Allow us to make your shoulder pain a long-forgotten memory. Make an appointment through our website or find the location most convenient for you.

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

The shoulder is among human body’s largest and most intricate joints. In actuality, it is a compound of four joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is the joint where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into the socket of the glenoid. Given the relatively shallow 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 part of the scapula that is the highest part of the shoulder. A plane style synovial joint, it helps extend the upper extremity from the trunk.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint formed by the clavicle the breastbone at the base of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the body, 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 typical joint characteristics. It attaches and allows movement between the shoulder blade and the part of rib cage at the back of our bodies.

The shoulder is supported and surrounded by:

  • the four muscles of the rotator cup covering the head of the upper arm bone, which power movement and stabilize and protect the GH joint
  • the shoulder capsule, a a fluid-filled sac that surrounds and lubricates the joints in the shoulder
  • the ligaments of the shoulder which provide passive stability while still allowing for a wide range of movements
  • the tendons in the biceps and shoulder which affix muscle to bone
  • 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 nutritious 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 reach to the shoulder efficiently to maintain healthy soft tissue 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 one of the parts of the shoulder is damaged, inflamed, or otherwise irritated, 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 complimentary injury screening.


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What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of 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 Foristell, MO:

  • Bursitis The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that work as a cushion and gliding surface between tissues. Bursitis the result of the bursae becoming swollen after overuse, often occurs in combination with inflammation of the rotator cuff, and can make daily tasks like brushing your teeth immensely painful.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis generally occurs because of a tendon becoming irritated. There are two causes of tendinitis:
    • Acute: This can happen because of a sudden blow, excessive overhead motions, or other overhead activities common in some competitive and activities and occupations, such as volleyball or lifting boxes above your head.
    • Chronic: The result 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 caused by sudden trauma, like lifting an incredibly heavy object, or wear and tear. The tendon is initially frayed before becoming torn. People often live with partial tears obliviously. Full-thickness tears, which pull the tendon off the bone, often require surgery. Symptoms include pain with certain motions, pain when sleeping, and a popping feeling when performing certain movements.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement occurs when your acromion (the bony tip of your shoulder blade) irritates the soft tissue in your shoulder. It often occurs alongside an injury that causes inflammation in the rotator cuff. Shoulder impingement occurs the most in people who play sports or are otherwise active.
  • Shoulder Instability This occurs when the head of the humerus is allowed to move out of the socket when the capsule or ligaments become stretched, torn, or detached, 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 supporting soft tissue of the shoulder. Long-term instability will result in shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
  • Arthritis While arthritis refers to a range of diagnoses, osteoarthritis is the condition that typically affects the shoulder. It occurs when the cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between your bones weakens and wears away. It can be the result of tissue weakening as we become older, frequent injuries, and overuse. Arthritis cannot be cured, but effective pain management is possible with Foristell, MO physical and occupational therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The upper arm bone, clavicle, and shoulder blade 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 high-impact collisions such as being tackles in a football game. The shoulder pain is usually intense, and the shoulder will experience considerable inflammation 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 rupture. These injuries can cause shoulder pain along with a range of other sensations. They are commonly caused by sudden trauma but can also happen because of degenerative conditions.

Sometimes, injuries are intertwined, for example instability that leads to impingement. If you’re currently suffering from shoulder pain, one of our no-obligation, free injury screenings in Foristell, MO may help you discover the root of it. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Foristell, MO may use a physical examination, an X-Ray, an MRI, a CT scan, arthrogram, and/or arthroscopy. Most people who experience shoulder pain can experience recovery with a tailored treatment plan with experienced physical therapists and movement health specialists in Foristell, MO can be a great way to return to a pain-free daily life and the active lifestyle you deserve.

How Do Foristell, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?

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

Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 requires a prescription to attend physical therapy appointments, so it’s necessary to speak to your Foristell, MO physician to see if physical therapy is safe and an effective treatment option 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 fits into your overall treatment plan.

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Foristell, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

Optimal movement health is important to not only carrying out daily tasks with ease, but to keeping up the active lifestyles we desire. At Axes, we focus on patient results for our Foristell, MO clients by creating evidence-backed treatment plans based on your injury, pain level, age, and the activities you want to get back to. Do not wait to get back to the things you love doing most and a pain-free life. Request an appointment online or find our location nearest you.

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Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Katee Strunk
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OTR/L, CHT
Samantha Bixby
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Farren Holman
PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
Matt Williams
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