Shoulder Pain in Hawk Point, MO. Those who suffer from shoulder pain know how debilitating it can be. It can make any daily task from brushing your teeth to diving for a softball painful and, sometimes, unfeasible. But pain and limited shoulder movement is usually manageable and beatable with safe and effective treatment. At Axes Physical Therapy in Hawk Point, MO, our experienced physical therapists create tailored treatment plans, backed by proven research, to get you back to optimal movement health. Trust in us to turn your shoulder pain from a daily occurrence into a thing of the past. Request an appointment through our website or reach out to the location nearest you.
How Does the Shoulder Work? | Shoulder Pain in Hawk Point, MO
The shoulder is one of the the largest and most intricate joints we have. In actuality, what we call the shoulder joint is made up of four different joints:
- The glenohumeral (GH) joint is a ball and socket joint responsible for connecting the upper extremity to the trunk. Given the relatively shallow dish, it is the most mobile joint in the body.
- The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the clavicle to the acromion, the bony tip on the outer edge of the shoulder blade. A plane joint, it allows you to outstretch your arm.
- The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint formed by the clavicle the sternum at the base of the neck. This joint is where the arm and body meet, it it ensures your arm and body move in coordination.
- The scapulothoracic (ST) “joint” is more of a “floating” joint as it does not have typical joint characteristics. 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 that surround the head of the upper arm bone, which power movement and keep the ball of the upper arm bone slipping out of the socket
- the shoulder capsule, a soft tissue sac that encloses the joints in the shoulder
- the four shoulder ligaments which provide passive stability while still allowing for movements in different planes
- the tendons in the biceps and shoulder which connect muscle to bone
- the brachial plexus nerves that allow the brain to tell the shoulder and arm to move and the shoulder to tell the brain when it feels pain or other sensory information
- the blood vessels that supply nutrient-rich blood to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons
In order for the shoulder to function properly the entire complex system must be able to work together. Blood must be allowed to reach the shoulder maintain healthy soft tissue and stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. The muscles must have adequate strength and flexibility, 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 support proper 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 free injury screening.
What Causes Shoulder Pain?
As the shoulder is complex, shoulder pain can have many root causes, from sports injuries to being struck by an object, 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 Hawk Point, MO:
- Bursitis — The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that act as shock absorbers and reduce friction in joints. Bursitis the result of the bursae becoming swollen after overuse, often occurs at the same time as shoulder impingement, and can make basic tasks like getting in and out of cars immensely painful.
- Tendinitis — Tendinitis is typically caused by inflammation or irritation of a tendon. There are two causes of tendinitis:
- Acute: This can happen because of trauma, repeated overhead motions, or other overhead activities common in some sports and fields of employment, such as track and field throwing events or lifting and lowering objects.
- Chronic: This can happen because of degenerative conditions or general weakness as we get weaker.
Symptoms include smarting pain, throbbing, and mild swelling.
- Rotator Cuff Tear — These can also be acute, such falling on an outstretched arm, or wear and tear. They begin with fraying and ultimately tear. A partial thickness tear often goes unnoticed. Complete tears, which pull the tendon off the bone, often require surgery. Symptoms include pain with certain movements, pain when lying on the side of the affected shoulder, and a cracking feeling with certain movements.
- Shoulder Impingement — Impingement is the result of soft tissue 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, but rather by physical activity.
- Shoulder Instability — This happens when the humerus is exits the shoulder socket, 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 is accompanied by 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 there are many types of arthritis, the shoulder most typically experiences osteoarthritis. It occurs when the cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between your bones breaks down. Common causes include tissue weakening as we become older, repeated trauma, and wear and tear. There is no cure for arthritis, but effective pain management can be found with Hawk Point, MO physical and occupational therapists.
- Shoulder Fractures — The humerus, clavicle, and shoulder blade are the most commonly broken bones in the shoulder. 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 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 interferes with their electric signals, or the nerves burst. Axillary nerve and brachial plexus injuries can cause shoulder pain along with a range of other sensations. They are commonly caused by high-impact trauma but can also occur because of overuse.
Sometimes, injuries are intertwined, 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 Hawk Point, MO may help determine the root of it. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Hawk Point, 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 relief with a customized treatment plan with professional physical therapists and movement health specialists in Hawk Point, MO can be a great way to get you back to optimal movement health.
How Do Hawk Point, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?
Your customized and proven physical therapy treatments may include:
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to identify degenerative tissue, break down scar tissue, and treat the affected area
- Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, based on a plan with come up with alongside your physician, 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 physical activity or go back to work while you are still recovering
- Blood flow restriction training to improve strength while reducing overall stress on the shoulder
- Trigger point dry needling to target harder-to-reach damaged soft tissue to stimulate blood flow
- Posture correction to make sure you are not inadvertently causing your shoulder pain or do not heal correctly
- Injury prevention so you and your shoulder and stay healthy and active
- Other safe, effective techniques to increase and maintain your mobility
Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 dictates that you need a prescription for physical therapy, so you need to reach out to your Hawk Point, MO physician to see if physical therapy is safe and an effective treatment option for your shoulder pain. Our knowledgeable physical and occupational therapists work alongside your primary care physician to make sure your treatment plan fits into your overall treatment plan.
Hawk Point, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy
Optimal movement health is essential to not only carrying out daily tasks with ease, but to doing the things we love. At Axes, we focus on positive outcomes for Hawk Point, MO people of all ages by implementing proven treatment plans catered to your injury, pain level, age, and how physically active you need to be. You do not have to delay in getting back to the things you love doing most and a pain-free life. Schedule an appointment online or call our location nearest you.