Shoulder Pain in Kinloch, MO. Those who experience shoulder pain know the limitations it can place on your life. It can make everything from driving to serving an ace on the tennis court frustrating and, for some of us, unfeasible. But you do not need to live the rest of your life with pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes Physical Therapy in Kinloch, MO, our professional physical therapists are experts at creating personalized treatment plans, 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. Request an appointment through our website or find our location most convenient for you.
The Human Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Kinloch, MO
The shoulder is among human body’s largest and most complex joints. In actuality, it is made up of four independent smaller joints:
- The glenohumeral (GH) joint is a ball and socket joint where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into the socket of the glenoid. Because the ball is several times larger than the socket, it has the widest range of motion as any other human joint.
- The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is formed by the junction of the collarbone the acromion, the part of the scapula that is the highest part of the shoulder. A plane joint, it allows you to outstretch your arm.
- The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a plane-style synovial joint located where the clavicle 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 does not have union by fibrous, cartilaginous or synovial tissues. It is made up of the shoulder blade and its articulation with the ribcage.
In addition to those four joints, the shoulder is made up of:
- the four muscles of the rotator cup covering the head of the humerus, which are responsible for movement and stabilize the ball of the humerus within the shoulder socket
- the shoulder capsule, a a fluid-filled sac that surrounds and lubricates the shoulder
- the four shoulder ligaments which attach bones together and provide stability for the capsule
- the biceps tendon and rotator cuff tendons which affix muscle to bone
- 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 arteries that pump nutritious blood to the shoulder
In order for the shoulder to function properly the entire complex system 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 healing processes. The muscles strong enough to move and flexible enough to safely make those movements, the tendons attaching bone and muscle must be intact and strong, 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 of these parts are not at optimal health, it often causes shoulder pain and movement problems. If if shoulder pain or poor shoulder movement is part of your daily life, contact Axes’ physical therapists for a free injury screening.
What Causes Shoulder Pain?
As the shoulder is complex, shoulder pain can have many root causes, from sports injuries to acute trauma, a work injury from repeated activities to old age. The following are common causes of shoulder pain that our team see in Kinloch, 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 at the same time as inflammation of the rotator cuff, and can make daily activities like getting in and out of cars incredibly painful.
- Tendinitis — Tendinitis generally occurs because of a tendon becoming irritated. It typically falls into one of two categories:
- Acute: This can happen because of a sudden blow, excessive overhead motions, or other overhead activities needed in some sports and occupations, such as throwing overhead or lifting and lowering boxes.
- Chronic: The result of wear and tear or the body becoming weaker as we age.
Symptoms include a dull ache, throbbing, and slight swelling.
- Rotator Cuff Tear — These can also be acute, like falling on an outstretched arm, or repetitive movements or old age. They begin with fraying and ultimately tear. A partial tear often goes unnoticed. Full-thickness tears, where the tendon is no longer attached whatsoever to the bone, do not heal by themselves. Associated symptoms are pain when performing certain movements, pain when lying on the side of the affected shoulder, and a grinding sensation when performing specific movements.
- Shoulder Impingement — Impingement occurs when your acromion (the bony tip of your shoulder blade) irritates the rotator cuff and bursae. It is often the result of rotator cuff swellings because of an injury. Shoulder impingement occurs the most in people who play sports or are otherwise active.
- Shoulder Instability — This happens when the head of the humerus is exits the shoulder socket, 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 is accompanied by injury to the supporting soft tissue of the shoulder. Chronic 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. It occurs when the cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between your bones breaks down. It can be the result of old age, persistent injuries, and wear and tear. There is no cure for arthritis, but you can find effective pain management techniques with Kinloch, MO physical therapists.
- Shoulder Fractures — The upper arm bone, 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-impact collisions such as being tackles in a football game. The shoulder pain is immediate and obvious, along with considerable inflammation and bruising.
- 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 their electric signals, or the nerves burst. These injuries can cause shoulder pain, stingers, tingling, and loss of feeling in your upper extremities. They are usually the result of high-impact trauma but can also occur because of overuse.
At times, one injury leads to another, for example a fracture that leads to damage to the nerves. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our safe, free injury screenings in Kinloch, MO may help determine the underlying cause. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Kinloch, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy. For most injuries or conditions that cause shoulder pain, a personalized treatment plan with professional physical therapists that specialize in movement health in Kinloch, MO can be an effective way to return to a pain-free daily life and the active lifestyle you deserve.
How Do Kinloch, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?
Your tailored and evidence-backed physical therapy treatment plan may include:
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to detect and treat any soft tissue disorders
- 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 sports or work while you are still recovering
- Blood flow restriction training to offer your shoulder a low-intensity exercise with high-intensity benefits
- Trigger point dry needling to target irritated muscles, ligaments, and tendons deeper in the body to encourage the body’s natural healing processes
- Posture correction to make sure you do not contribute to your injuries or do not heal correctly
- Injury prevention so you do not lose your active lifestyle in the future
- Other safe, effective techniques to optimize your mobility
Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 requires a prescription to attend physical therapy appointments, so it’s important to speak to your Kinloch, MO doctor to see if physical therapy is safe and an effective treatment option 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 is safe for your condition.
Kinloch, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy
Optimal movement health is imperative to not only carrying out daily tasks with ease, but to doing the things we love. At Axes, we focus on positive outcomes for our Kinloch, MO clients by creating evidence-backed treatment plans catered to your injury, pain level, age, and desired activity level. Do not wait to get back to the activities you love and a pain-free life. Request an appointment through our website or find our location nearest you.