Kimmswick, MO

Kimmswick, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Kimmswick, MO. Those who experience shoulder pain know how hard it can be to manage. It can make any daily task from driving to diving for a softball frustrating and, sometimes, not even an option. But you do not need to live the rest of your life with pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes PT in Kimmswick, MO, our licensed physical therapists create personalized treatment modalities, based on evidence, to get you back to striking out opponents, or just combing your hair pain-free. Let us help you safely and effectively treat your shoulder pain. Schedule an appointment online or find the location most convenient for you.

The Human Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Kimmswick, MO

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

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is the joint responsible for connecting the upper extremity to the trunk. Given the relatively shallow socket, it allows for more movement than any other joint.
  2. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is formed by the junction of the clavicle the acromion, the part of the shoulder blade that is the highest part of the shoulder. A plane style synovial joint, it helps extend the upper extremity from the trunk.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a plane-style synovial joint located where the clavicle meets the breastbone at the bottom of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the torso, 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 ligaments connecting it to bone. 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 upper arm bone, which allow for movement movement and keep the ball of the humerus slipping out of the socket
  • the shoulder capsule, a soft tissue sac that surrounds and protects the joints in 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 allow the brain to tell the shoulder and arm to move and the shoulder to tell the brain when it feels pain or other sensory information
  • the blood vessels that supply nutritious 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 keep oxygen levels and muscles strong 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 that attach our bones need to help support proper structure, and the nerves need to have a strong and secure connection to the brain. When any one of the parts of the shoulder is damaged, inflamed, or otherwise irritated, 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 complimentary injury screening.


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What’s Behind My Shoulder Pain?

As the shoulder is complex, 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. Below are the most common underlying conditions that lead to shoulder pain in Kimmswick, 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 inflamed after overuse, often occurs in association with shoulder impingement, and can make daily activities like carrying groceries tremendously difficult.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis is typically caused by inflammation or irritation of a tendon. There are two types of tendinitis:
    • Acute: The result of a sudden blow, excessive throwing, or other overhead activities common in some sports and fields of employment, such as tennis or lifting and lowering objects.
    • Chronic: This can happen because of degenerative conditions or general weakness as we age.

    Symptoms include a dull ache, throbbing, and slight swelling.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be acute, such falling on an outstretched arm, or wear and tear. They begin with fraying and ultimately tear. People often live with partial tears obliviously. 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 sleeping, and a grinding feeling with certain motions.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement is the result of soft tissue rubbing against your shoulder blade. It often occurs in combination with an injury that causes inflammation in the rotator cuff. 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 happen suddenly or from wear and tear. 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 causes or is the result of injury to the supporting soft tissue of the shoulder. Long-term instability will cause shoulder pain and a sense of the shoulder “giving way.”
  • Arthritis While arthritis refers to a range of diagnoses, osteoarthritis is the form that typically affects the shoulder. It is the result of the cartilage cushioning the ends of your bones weakens and wears away. Common causes include old age, repeated injuries, and wear and tear. Arthritis cannot be cured, but effective pain management is possible with Kimmswick, MO physical and occupational therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The humerus, clavicle, 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 contusions.
  • Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries Nerve damage in the shoulder can occur when nerves are stretched, when scar tissue blocks signals between the brain and shoulder, or the nerves rupture. Axillary nerve and brachial plexus injuries can cause shoulder pain, stingers, numbness, and loss of sensation in your upper extremities. They are commonly caused by high-impact trauma but can also happen because of degenerative conditions.

At times, one injury leads to another, for example how an untreated rotator cuff tear can lead to arthritis. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our safe, free injury screenings in Kimmswick, MO may help determine why you’re experiencing the pain. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in Kimmswick, 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 licensed physical therapists that are experts in movement health in Kimmswick, MO can be an effective way to return to the activities you love.

Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Kimmswick, MO

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

Missouri Law requires a prescription for physical therapy, so it’s important to speak to your Kimmswick, MO primary care physician to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our experienced physical and occupational therapists are responsible and work closely with your primary care physician to make sure your treatment plan fits into your overall treatment plan.

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

Kimmswick, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

Optimal movement health is important 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 Kimmswick, MO clients by implementing proven treatment plans based on your injury, pain level, age, and the activities you want to get back to. Do not wait to get back to the activities you love and a pain-free life. Schedule an appointment online or call our location most convenient for you.

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