Shoulder Pain in Hoene Spring, MO. Those who experience shoulder pain know how debilitating it can be. It makes any daily task from pouring a cup of coffee to serving an ace on the tennis court frustrating and, for some of us, unfeasible. But you do not have to accept pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes Physical Therapy in Hoene Spring, MO, our licensed physical therapists specialize in customized treatment plans, based on evidence, 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 online or find the location most convenient for you.
The Human Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Hoene Spring, MO
The shoulder is among the largest and most intricate joints we have. In truth, 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 the socket of the glenoid. Given the relatively shallow dish, it allows for more movement than any other joint.
- The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the collarbone to the acromion, the bony tip on the outer edge of the scapula. A plane joint, it helps extend the upper extremity from the trunk.
- The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint located where the collarbone meets the sternum at the base of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the torso, it connects 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 typical joint characteristics. It attaches and allows movement between the shoulder blade and the part of rib cage at the back of our bodies.
In order to support those four joints, the shoulder consists of:
- the four muscles of the rotator cup that surround the head of the upper arm bone, which are responsible for movement and keep the head of the upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder
- the shoulder capsule, a soft tissue sac that surrounds and protects the joints in the shoulder
- the ligaments of the shoulder which attach bones together and provide stability for the capsule
- the tendons in the biceps and shoulder which connect muscle to bone
- the brachial plexus nerves that allow for the brain and muscles to communicate with each other
- the blood vessels that pump nutrient-rich blood to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons
Proper shoulder strength, flexibility, and movement depends on every part of the system being healthy and working 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 connecting them to the bones must be intact and strong, the ligaments connecting 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 parts are not at optimal health, it can lead to a disruption of the whole complex, and anywhere from nagging to debilitating 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.
What’s Behind My Shoulder Pain?
Shoulder pain can be caused by numerous different circumstances, from sports injuries to being struck by an object, a work injury from repeated activities to old age. Below are common causes of shoulder pain that our team see in Hoene Spring, 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 swollen after overuse, often occurs in association with rotator cuff tendinitis, and can make daily activities like brushing your teeth incredibly painful.
- Tendinitis — Tendinitis generally occurs because of a tendon becoming irritated. There are two types 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 throwing overhead or lifting and lowering objects.
- Chronic: This can happen because of degenerative conditions or general weakness as we get weaker.
Symptoms include aching, tenderness, and mild swelling.
- Rotator Cuff Tear — These can also be caused by acute injuries, such falling on an outstretched arm, or wear and tear. They begin with fraying and ultimately tear. A partial tear often goes unnoticed. Full-thickness tears, where the tendon is completely detached from the bone, do not heal by themselves. Symptoms include 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 when performing specific movements.
- Shoulder Impingement — Impingement describes 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 forced out of the shoulder socket, and also can happen suddenly or from 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 happens in combination with injury to the surrounding areas of the shoulder. Chronic instability will result in shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
- Arthritis — While there are at least six kinds of arthritis, the shoulder most commonly suffers from osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bones. Common causes include tissue weakening as we become older, frequent trauma, and wear and tear. Arthritis cannot be cured, but you can find effective pain management methods with Hoene Spring, MO physical therapists.
- Shoulder Fractures — The upper arm bone, collarbone, and shoulder blade are the bones in the shoulder most vulnerable to breaking. They are often the result of falling a significant distance or onto a hard surface or high-energy collisions such as being tackles in a football game. The shoulder pain is usually significant, and the shoulder will experience considerable swelling 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 signals between the brain and shoulder, or the nerves are torn into two pieces. 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 wear and tear.
Sometimes, injuries are intertwined, for example a dislocation that leads to damage to the nerves. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our safe, free injury screenings in Hoene Spring, MO may help determine the root of it. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in Hoene Spring, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy to discover the cause. Most people who experience shoulder pain can find recovery with a tailored treatment plan with licensed physical therapists that are experts in movement health in Hoene Spring, MO can be a successful way to return to optimal movement health.
How Do Hoene Spring, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?
Your personalized and proven physical therapy may include any one or a variety of different treatment plans:
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to identify soft tissue restrictions, smooth out scar tissue, and treat the affected area
- Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, based on a plan with come up with alongside your doctor, 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 improve strength while reducing overall stress on the shoulder
- Trigger point dry needling to target damaged soft tissue deeper in the body to encourage the body’s natural healing processes
- Posture correction to make sure you are not inadvertently causing your shoulder pain or heal improperly
- Injury prevention so you can keep participating in the activities you love
- Other safe, effective exercises to increase and maintain your mobility
Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 requires a prescription for physical therapy, so you need to reach out to your Hoene Spring, MO doctor to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our licensed physical and occupational therapists work alongside your primary care physician to ensure you are getting the care that is safe for your condition.
Hoene Spring, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy
A healthy shoulder 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 Hoene Spring, MO clients by implementing proven treatment plans based on your injury, pain level, age, and the activities you want to get back to. You do not have to delay in getting back to the activities you love and a pain-free life. Request an appointment online or find our location most convenient for you.