Hematite, MO

Hematite, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Hematite, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know the effect it can have on your life. It makes everything from brushing your teeth to playing volleyball painful and, sometimes, unfeasible. But pain and limited shoulder movement is usually manageable and beatable with safe and effective treatment. At Axes PT in Hematite, MO, our licensed physical therapists are experts at creating tailored treatment modalities, proven to work through research, to get you back to the activities you love most. Let us help you turn your shoulder pain from a daily occurrence into a thing of the past. Request an appointment online or reach out to the location most convenient for you.

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

The shoulder is one of the human body’s largest and most complex joints. In truth, what is referred to as the shoulder joint is made up of four different 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 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 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 breastbone at the bottom of the neck. This joint is where the arm and body meet, it coordinates 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 does not have union by fibrous, cartilaginous or synovial tissues. It attaches and allows movement between the shoulder blade and the thoracic cage.

The shoulder is supported and surrounded by:

  • the four muscles of the rotator cup covering the head of the humerus, which allow for movement movement and keep the ball of the upper arm bone stable
  • the shoulder capsule, a tough sheath or membrane that encloses the shoulder
  • the four shoulder ligaments which help connect bone to bone and provide stability for the capsule
  • 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 pump much-needed 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. Blood must flow freely to the shoulder maintain healthy soft tissue and repair minor damage. 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 be similarly healthy, and messages most be able to be sent and received between the brain and shoulder. When any one of the parts of the shoulder is damaged, inflamed, or otherwise irritated, it can lead to a disruption of the whole system, 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.


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What Causes Shoulder Pain?

As the shoulder has so many moving parts, shoulder pain can have any of a number of root causes, from sports injuries to falls, a work injury from repeated activities to old age. The following are common causes of shoulder pain that our team see in Hematite, 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 in association with rotator cuff tendinitis, and can make daily activities like getting in and out of cars tremendously painful.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis is typically caused by a tendon becoming irritated. There are two types of tendinitis:
    • Acute: The result of trauma, repeated throwing, or other overhead activities common in some sports and occupations, such as throwing overhead or lifting and lowering boxes.
    • Chronic: This can happen because 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, such a blow to the shoulder, or repetitive movements or old age. They usually start with fraying and then tear. A partial tear often goes unnoticed. Complete tears, where the tendon is completely detached from the bone, often require surgery. Symptoms include pain when performing certain motions, pain when lying on the side of the affected shoulder, and a popping sensation with specific movements.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement is the result of soft tissue rubbing against your shoulder blade. It is often the result of rotator cuff swellings after an injury. Shoulder impingement is most common in people who play sports or are otherwise active.
  • Shoulder Instability This happens when the humerus is exits 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 is accompanied by injury to the surrounding areas of the shoulder. Chronic instability will cause shoulder pain and a sense of the shoulder “giving way.”
  • Arthritis While there are at least six types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the form that typically affects the shoulder. It occurs when the cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between your bones breaks down. Common causes include old age, frequent injuries, and wear and tear. There is no cure for arthritis, but you can find effective pain management techniques with Hematite, MO physical and occupational therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The humerus, collarbone, and shoulder blade are the most commonly broken bones in the shoulder. They are often 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, and the shoulder will experience considerable inflammation and bruising.
  • Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries Nerve damage in the shoulder can occur 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 sudden trauma but can also happen because of degenerative conditions.

Sometimes, injuries are connected, for example instability that leads to impingement. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our no-risk, free injury screenings in Hematite, MO may help you discover the root of it. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Hematite, MO may use a physical examination, an X-Ray, an MRI, a CT scan, arthrogram, and/or arthroscopy. For most injuries or conditions that cause shoulder pain, a tailored treatment plan with knowledgeable physical therapists and movement health specialists in Hematite, MO can be an effective way to get you back to a pain-free daily life and the active lifestyle you deserve.

How Do Hematite, 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 stipulates that you need a prescription to attend physical therapy appointments, so it’s necessary to speak to your Hematite, MO primary care physician to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our experienced physical and occupational therapists form a team with your primary care physician to ensure you are getting the care that fits into your overall treatment plan.

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

Hematite, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A well-functioning shoulder is essential to not only living our every day life, but to doing the things we love. At Axes, we focus on patient results for our Hematite, MO clients by developing proven treatment plans based on your injury, pain level, age, and how physically active you need to be. Do not wait to get back to the activities you love and a pain-free life. Request an appointment through our website or find the location nearest you.

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