Ironton, MO

Ironton, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Ironton, MO. Those who suffer from shoulder pain know how debilitating it can be. It makes everything from pouring a cup of coffee to serving an ace on the tennis court frustrating and, in some cases, impossible. But you do not need to live the rest of your life with pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes Physical Therapy in Ironton, MO, our licensed physical therapists create personalized treatment plans, backed by proven research, to get you back to striking out opponents, or just combing your hair pain-free. Trust in us to safely and effectively treat your shoulder pain. Make an appointment through our website or call our location most convenient for you.

The Human Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Ironton, MO

The shoulder is one of the the largest and most complex joints we have. In reality, it is a complex of four joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is the joint where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into a relatively small dish called the glenoid. Because the ball is 3-4 times larger than the socket, it allows for more movement than any other joint.
  2. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the collarbone to the acromion, the part of the shoulder blade that is the highest part of the shoulder. A plane style synovial joint, it allows you to outstretch your arm.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a plane-style synovial joint located where the collarbone meets the breastbone at the bottom of the neck. This joint is where the arm and body meet, it it ensures your arm and body move in coordination.
  4. The scapulothoracic (ST) “joint” is not a true anatomical joint as it does not have ligaments connecting it to bone. It attaches and allows movement between the shoulder blade and the part of rib cage at the back of our bodies.

The shoulder is supported and surrounded by:

  • the four muscles of the rotator cup that surround the head of the upper arm bone, which are responsible for movement and stabilize and protect the glenohumeral joint
  • the shoulder capsule, a soft tissue sac that encloses the joints in the shoulder
  • the four shoulder ligaments which attach bones together and provide stability for the capsule
  • the tendons in the biceps and shoulder which allow muscles to power the bones
  • the brachial plexus nerves that allow for the brain and muscles to communicate with each other
  • the arteries that pump much-needed blood to the shoulder

In order for the shoulder to function properly the entire complex system must function well. Sufficient blood must reach to the shoulder efficiently to keep oxygen levels and muscles strong 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 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 complex, and anywhere from nagging to intense 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?

Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of circumstances, from sports injuries to a car accident, 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 Ironton, MO:

  • Bursitis The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion bones, tendons, and muscles in and around your shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, and other joints. Bursitis occurs when the bursae because inflamed after overuse, often occurs in association with rotator cuff tendinitis, and can make daily activities like getting in and out of cars exceedingly difficult.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis is typically caused by a tendon becoming irritated. It typically falls into one of two categories:
    • Acute: This can happen because of trauma, excessive overhead motions, or other overhead activities common in some sports and fields of employment, such as throwing overhead or lifting and lowering objects.
    • Chronic: The result of wear and tear or general weakness as we get weaker.

    Symptoms include aching, throbbing, and slight swelling.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be acute, such falling on an outstretched arm, or more chronic in nature. They usually start with fraying and then tear. People often live with partial tears unaware. Full-thickness tears, where the tendon is no longer attached whatsoever to the bone, often require surgery. Associated symptoms are pain with specific motions, pain when lying on the side of the affected shoulder, and a cracking sensation 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 most common in people who are physically active.
  • Shoulder Instability This happens when the humerus is exits the shoulder socket, 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 happens in combination with injury to the surrounding areas of the shoulder. Long-term instability will cause shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
  • Arthritis While arthritis refers to a range of diagnoses, the shoulder most typically experiences osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bones. Common causes include tissue weakening as we become older, persistent injuries, and overuse. Arthritis cannot be cured, but you can find effective pain management techniques with Ironton, MO physical therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The upper arm bone, collarbone, and shoulder blade are the bones in the shoulder most prone to breaking. They usually happen as 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 severe, and the shoulder will experience substantial inflammation 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 signals between the brain and shoulder, or the nerves burst. These injuries can cause shoulder pain, stingers, tingling, and loss of feeling in your shoulder, arm, or hand. They are commonly caused by sudden trauma but can also occur because of degenerative conditions.

Sometimes, injuries are intertwined, for example instability that leads to impingement. If you’re currently suffering from shoulder pain, one of our no-risk, free injury screenings in Ironton, MO may help determine the root of it. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Ironton, 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 customized treatment plan with certified physical therapists that are experts in movement health in Ironton, MO can be a successful way to return to a pain-free daily life and the active lifestyle you deserve.

Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Ironton, MO

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

Missouri Law requires a prescription for physical therapy, so you need to reach out to your Ironton, MO physician 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 your treatment plan fits into your overall treatment plan.

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

Ironton, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

Optimal movement health is imperative to not only living our every day life, but to keeping up the active lifestyles we desire. At Axes, we focus on patient results for our Ironton, MO clients by implementing evidence-backed treatment plans catered to 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. Schedule an appointment online or find the location most convenient for you.

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