Hazelwood, MO

Hazelwood, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Hazelwood, MO. Those who experience shoulder pain know the limitations it can place on your life. It can make everything from brushing your teeth to serving an ace on the tennis court frustrating and, sometimes, impossible. But pain and limited shoulder movement does not have to be a part of your everyday life. At Axes Physical Therapy in Hazelwood, MO, our licensed physical therapists create tailored treatment plans, based on evidence, to get you back to optimal movement health. Let us help you turn your shoulder pain from a daily occurrence into a thing of the past. Schedule an appointment through our website or find our location nearest you.

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

The shoulder is one of the human body’s largest and most complex joints. In actuality, what we call the shoulder joint is made up of four different joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is the joint where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into a relatively small dish called the glenoid. As the the top of the humerus is 3-4 times larger than the socket, it is the most mobile joint in the body.
  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 your shoulder blade to follow the movements of the other shoulder joints.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint formed by the clavicle the breastbone at the bottom 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 typical joint characteristics. It attaches and allows movement between the shoulder blade and the thoracic cage.

In addition to those four joints, the shoulder consists of:

  • the four muscles of the rotator cup that surround the head of the humerus, which are responsible for movement and keep the ball of the humerus stable
  • the shoulder capsule, a soft tissue sac that surrounds and protects the shoulder
  • the ligaments of the shoulder which attach bones together and provide stability for the capsule
  • the biceps tendon and rotator cuff tendons which connect 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 arteries that supply nutrient-rich blood to the shoulder

Optimal shoulder and movement health depends on every part of the system being healthy and working together. Blood must flow freely to the shoulder keep oxygen levels and muscles strong and stimulate the body’s natural recovery processes. The muscles must have adequate strength and flexibility, the tendons connecting them to the bones must be intact and strong, the ligaments that attach our bones need to help support proper structure, and the brain and shoulder need to have clear communication with each other. When any of these parts are not at optimal health, it often causes shoulder pain and movement problems. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain or any other symptoms of a shoulder injury, reach out to Axes’ physical therapists for a no-risk, no-obligation injury screening.


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What Causes Shoulder Pain?

As the shoulder is complex, shoulder pain can have any of a number of root causes, from sports injuries to acute trauma, 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 physical and occupations therapists see in Hazelwood, MO:

  • Bursitis The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that work as a cushion and gliding surface between muscles, bones, tendons, and skin. 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 carrying groceries tremendously painful.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis generally occurs because of inflammation or irritation of a tendon. It typically falls into one of two categories:
    • Acute: The result of trauma, excessive throwing, or other overhead activities common in some sports and occupations, such as throwing overhead or lifting and lowering objects.
    • 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 lifting an incredibly heavy object, or wear and tear. They usually start with fraying and then tear. People often live with partial tears unaware. Complete tears, which pull the tendon off the bone, do not heal by themselves. Associated symptoms are pain with specific motions, pain when lying on the side of the affected shoulder, and a clicking feeling when performing specific movements.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement occurs when your acromion (outer edge of your shoulder blade) pinches the rotator cuff and bursae. 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 occurs when the humerus is allowed to move out of the socket when the capsule or ligaments become stretched, torn, or detached, and also can be the result of injury or 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, osteoarthritis is the condition that typically affects the shoulder. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bones. It can be the result of tissue weakening as we become older, frequent trauma, and wear and tear. There is no cure for arthritis, but effective pain management can be found with Hazelwood, MO physical and occupational therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The humerus, collarbone, and shoulder blade are the bones in the shoulder most susceptible to breaking. 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 immediate and obvious, and the shoulder will experience substantial inflammation and bruising.
  • 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 are otherwise damaged. Axillary nerve and brachial plexus injuries can cause shoulder pain along with a range of other sensations. They are usually the result of high-impact trauma but can also happen because of degenerative conditions.

Sometimes, injuries are intertwined, such as instability that leads to impingement. If you’re currently suffering from shoulder pain, one of our no-obligation, free injury screenings in Hazelwood, MO may help you discover the underlying cause. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in Hazelwood, MO may use a physical examination, an X-Ray, an MRI, a CT scan, arthrogram, and/or arthroscopy to discover the cause. For most injuries or conditions that cause shoulder pain, a personalized treatment plan with experienced physical therapists that are experts in movement health in Hazelwood, MO can be an effective way to return to a pain-free daily life and the active lifestyle you deserve.

How Do Hazelwood, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?

Your tailored and evidence-backed physical therapy may include any one or a variety of different treatment plans:

  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to identify degenerative tissue, smooth out 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 reduce pain and inflammation and allow you to participate in physical activity or go back to work while your body heals
  • Blood flow restriction training to strengthen muscles while reducing overall stress on the shoulder
  • 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 heal improperly
  • Injury prevention so you do not lose your active lifestyle in the future
  • Other safe, effective techniques to optimize your mobility

Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 states that you need a prescription for physical therapy, so you need to reach out to your Hazelwood, MO doctor to see if physical therapy is safe and an effective treatment option for your shoulder pain. Our professional physical and occupational therapists form a team with your primary care physician to make sure you are getting the care that fits into your overall treatment plan.

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

Hazelwood, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A well-functioning shoulder is imperative to not only carrying out daily tasks with ease, but to doing the things we love. At Axes, we focus on patient results for our Hazelwood, MO clients by creating evidence-backed 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 activities you love and a pain-free life. Schedule an appointment through our website or reach out to our location most convenient for you.

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  • Free Injury Screenings
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  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy
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Antoinette Ghoston
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