Shoulder Pain in Leadwood, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know how hard it can be to manage. It makes everything from watering the flowers to diving for a softball painful and, sometimes, unfeasible. But you do not have to accept pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes Physical Therapy in Leadwood, MO, our professional physical therapists are experts at creating customized treatment modalities, based on evidence, to get you back to striking out opponents, or just combing your hair pain-free. Allow us to safely and effectively treat your shoulder pain. Make an appointment through our website or find the location most convenient for you.
How Does the Shoulder Work? | Shoulder Pain in Leadwood, MO
The shoulder is among human body’s largest and most complex joints. In reality, what we call the shoulder joint is made up of four different joints:
- The glenohumeral (GH) joint is the joint responsible for connecting the upper extremity to the trunk. As the the top of the humerus is several times larger than the socket, it allows for more movement than any other joint.
- The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is formed by the junction of the collarbone the acromion, the bony tip on the outer edge of the scapula. A plane style synovial joint, it allows for additional rotation of the shoulder blade.
- The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint formed by the collarbone the breastbone at the base of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the body, it coordinates 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 is made up of:
- the four muscles of the rotator cup covering 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 a fluid-filled sac that surrounds and lubricates the joints in the shoulder
- the four shoulder ligaments which provide passive stability while still allowing for movements in different planes
- 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 nutrient-rich blood to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons
In order for the shoulder to function properly the entire complex system must function well. Blood must flow freely to the shoulder keep oxygen levels and muscles strong and stimulate the body’s natural recovery processes. The muscles strong enough to move and flexible enough to safely make those movements, the tendons attaching bone and muscle must be strong, flexible, and free of rips or tears, the ligaments connecting bones need to help maintain structure, and the brain and shoulder need to have clear communication with each other. When any of these functions are not being carried out in a healthy way, it can lead to a disruption of the whole 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.
What’s Behind My Shoulder Pain?
As the shoulder is complex, shoulder pain can have many root causes, from sports injuries to a car accident, a work injury from overuse to old age. The following are common causes of shoulder pain that our physical and occupations therapists see in Leadwood, MO:
- Bursitis — The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that work as a cushion and gliding surface between tissues. Bursitis occurs when the bursae because inflamed after repeated activities, often occurs in combination with rotator cuff tendinitis, and can make basic activities like brushing your teeth exceedingly painful.
- Tendinitis — Tendinitis generally occurs because of a tendon becoming irritated. There are two causes of tendinitis:
- Acute: The result of trauma, repeated overhead motions, or other overhead activities common in some sports and occupations, such as track and field throwing events or moving objects above your head.
- Chronic: This can happen because 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 caused by sudden trauma, like lifting an incredibly heavy object, or more chronic in nature. The tendon is initially frayed before becoming torn. People often live with partial tears obliviously. Complete tears, which go all the way through the tendon, do not heal by themselves. Symptoms include pain when performing certain movements, pain when sleeping, and a clicking sensation with certain motions.
- Shoulder Impingement — Impingement is the result of the rotator cuff and bursae rubbing against your shoulder blade. 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 happens when the ball of the upper arm bone is forced out of 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 causes or is the result of injury to the supporting soft tissue of the shoulder. Long-term instability will result in shoulder pain and a sense of the shoulder “giving way.”
- 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. It can be the result of old age, repeated injuries, and wear and tear. Arthritis cannot be cured, but effective pain management is possible with Leadwood, MO physical and occupational therapists.
- Shoulder Fractures — The humerus, clavicle, and shoulder blade are the most commonly broken bones in the shoulder. They usually happen as the result of falling a significant distance or onto a hard surface or high-energy collisions such as a car accident. 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 can occur when nerves are impinged on, 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 degenerative conditions.
Sometimes, injuries are connected, such as a fracture causing damage to the nerves. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our no-risk, free injury screenings in Leadwood, MO may help determine the root of it. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in Leadwood, 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 personalized treatment plan with experienced physical therapists and movement health specialists in Leadwood, 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 Leadwood, MO
Your customized and proven physical therapy treatment plan may include:
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to detect and treat any problems with your muscles, ligaments, or tendons
- Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, based on a plan with come up with alongside your physician, if you need surgery to relieve your shoulder pain
- Kinesio Taping® to provide support for your shoulder and keep you safe as you participate in sports or go back to work while you are still recovering
- 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 do not contribute to your injuries or heal improperly
- Injury prevention so you can keep participating in the activities you love
- Other safe, effective treatment methods 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 Leadwood, MO doctor to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our professional physical and occupational therapists are responsible and work closely with your primary care physician to ensure you are getting the care that fits into your overall treatment plan.
Leadwood, 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 patient results for Leadwood, MO people of all ages 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 call our location most convenient for you.