Shoulder Pain in High Ridge, MO. Those who suffer from shoulder pain know how hard it can be to manage. It can make everything from watering the flowers to diving for a softball frustrating and, in some cases, unfeasible. But pain and limited shoulder movement does not have to be a part of your everyday life. At Axes PT in High Ridge, MO, our licensed physical therapists are experts at designing tailored treatment plans, based on evidence, to get you back to the activities you love most. Trust in us to make your shoulder pain an ancient memory. Make an appointment online or find our location most convenient for you.
The Human Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in High Ridge, MO
The shoulder is one of the human body’s largest and most intricate joints. 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 where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into a relatively small dish called the glenoid. Given the relatively shallow socket, it allows for more movement than any other joint.
- The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the clavicle to the acromion, the part of the scapula that is the highest part of the shoulder. A plane joint, it allows your shoulder blade to follow the movements of the other shoulder joints.
- The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint located where the collarbone meets the breastbone at the foundation of the neck. This joint is where the arm and torso meet, it links the movement of the upper limb with the core of your body.
- 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 shoulder blade and its articulation with the ribcage.
In order to support those four joints, the shoulder consists of:
- the four muscles of the rotator cup covering the head of the upper arm bone, which allow for movement movement and keep the head of the humerus firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder
- the shoulder capsule, a tough sheath or membrane that surrounds and protects the joints in the shoulder
- the ligaments of the shoulder which help connect bone to bone and provide stability for the capsule
- 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 arteries that pump nutritious blood to the shoulder
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 reach to the shoulder efficiently to maintain healthy soft tissue and stimulate the body’s natural recovery 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 connecting bones need to be similarly healthy, and the nerves need to have a strong and secure connection to the brain. When any of these functions are not being carried out in a healthy way, it can lead to a disruption of the entire 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, contact Axes’ physical therapists for a complimentary injury screening.
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 old age. The following are common causes of shoulder pain that our physical and occupations therapists see in High Ridge, 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 inflamed after repeated activities, often occurs at the same time as shoulder impingement, and can make basic activities like getting dressed incredibly difficult.
- Tendinitis — Tendinitis is typically caused by inflammation or irritation of a tendon. There are two causes of tendinitis:
- Acute: This can happen because of a sudden blow, repeated overhead motions, or other overhead activities needed in some sports and occupations, such as volleyball or lifting and lowering objects.
- Chronic: The result of wear and tear or general weakness as we get weaker.
Symptoms include a dull ache, tenderness, and mild swelling.
- Rotator Cuff Tear — These can also be acute, like falling on an outstretched arm, or more chronic in nature. They begin with fraying and ultimately tear. A partial thickness tear often goes unnoticed. Complete tears, which go all the way through the tendon, do not heal by themselves. Common symptoms are having difficulty raising your arm or lifting things you normally can, pain when lying on the side of the affected shoulder, and a popping feeling with specific motions.
- 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 rarely caused by overuse, and is most common in athletes or others who engage in 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 wear and tear. Dislocations can be repeated and partial or the entire bone coming out of the socket. It often causes or is the result of injury to the surrounding areas of the shoulder. Long-term instability will result in shoulder pain and a sense of the shoulder “giving way.”
- Arthritis — While there are many kinds of arthritis, the shoulder most commonly experiences osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bones. Common causes include old age, frequent trauma, and overuse. There is no cure for arthritis, but effective pain management is possible with High Ridge, MO physical therapists.
- Shoulder Fractures — The upper arm bone, collarbone, and shoulder blade are the bones in the shoulder most prone to fracture. They are often the result of falling a significant distance or onto a hard surface or forceful collisions such as being tackles in a football game. The shoulder pain is immediate and obvious, along with considerable inflammation and contusions.
- Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries — Nerve damage in the shoulder is the result of when nerves are compressed, when scar tissue blocks 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 commonly caused by sudden trauma but can also occur because of degenerative conditions.
At times, one injury leads to another, such as instability that leads to impingement. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our no-risk, free injury screenings in High Ridge, MO may help you discover the root of it. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in High Ridge, MO may use a physical examination, an X-Ray, an MRI, a CT scan, arthrogram, and/or arthroscopy to discover the cause. Most people who experience shoulder pain can experience recovery with a tailored treatment plan with certified physical therapists that specialize in movement health in High Ridge, MO can be a great way to return to the things you love to do the most.
Treating Your Shoulder Pain in High Ridge, MO
Your tailored and proven physical therapy may include any one or a variety of different treatment plans:
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to identify degenerative tissue, break down scar tissue, and treat the affected area
- Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, coordinated together with your doctor, if you need surgery to relieve your shoulder pain
- Kinesio Taping® to reduce pain and inflammation and keep you safe as you participate in sports or work while your body heals
- Blood flow restriction training to strengthen muscles while reducing overall stress on the shoulder
- Trigger point dry needling to target damaged muscles, ligaments, and tendons deeper in the body to stimulate blood flow
- Posture correction to make sure you are not inadvertently causing your shoulder pain or heal improperly
- Injury prevention so you and your shoulder and stay healthy and active
- Other safe, effective techniques to optimize your mobility
Missouri Law requires a prescription to attend physical therapy appointments, so you need to reach out to your High Ridge, MO primary care physician to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our licensed physical and occupational therapists work alongside your primary care physician to make sure you are getting the care that is safe for your condition.
High Ridge, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy
A healthy shoulder is essential to not only living our every day life, but to keeping up the active lifestyles we desire. At Axes, we focus on positive outcomes for High Ridge, MO people of all ages by developing evidence-backed treatment plans based on your injury, pain level, age, and desired activity level. You do not have to delay in getting back to the things you love doing most and a pain-free life. Make an appointment through our website or find the location most convenient for you.