Lemay, MO

Lemay, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Lemay, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know how hard it can be to manage. It makes everything from watering the flowers to serving an ace on the tennis court frustrating and, in some cases, impossible. But pain and limited shoulder movement is usually manageable and beatable with safe and effective treatment. At Axes PT in Lemay, MO, our experienced physical therapists specialize in customized treatment modalities, backed by proven research, to get you back to the activities you love most. Allow us to safely and effectively treat your shoulder pain. Schedule an appointment through our website or reach out to the location most convenient for you.

The Anatomy of the Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Lemay, MO

The shoulder is one of the human body’s largest and most intricate joints. In actuality, it is made up of four independent smaller joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is a ball and socket joint where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into a relatively small dish called the glenoid. Given the relatively shallow socket, it has the widest range of motion as any other human joint.
  2. 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 style synovial joint, it allows for additional rotation of the shoulder blade.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint located where the clavicle meets the breastbone at the foundation 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 does not have union by fibrous, cartilaginous or synovial tissues. 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 that surround the head of the humerus, which power movement and stabilize and protect the glenohumeral joint
  • the shoulder capsule, a soft tissue sac that encloses the joints in the shoulder
  • the ligaments of the shoulder which attach bones together 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 pump much-needed blood to the shoulder

Being able to move your shoulder pain free depends on every part of the system being healthy and working together. Sufficient blood must flow to the shoulder efficiently to keep oxygen levels and muscles strong 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 strong, flexible, and free of rips or tears, the ligaments that attach our 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 functions are not being carried out in a healthy way, it can lead to a disruption of the whole network, 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, contact Axes’ physical therapists for a complimentary injury screening.


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What Causes Shoulder Pain?

As the shoulder has so many moving parts, shoulder pain can have any of a number of root causes, 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 Lemay, MO:

  • Bursitis The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion bones, tendons, and muscles in and around your joints. Bursitis the result of the bursae becoming irritated after repeated activities, often occurs in association with rotator cuff tendinitis, and can make daily activities like getting in and out of cars incredibly difficult.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis is typically caused by inflammation or irritation of a tendon. It typically falls into one of two categories:
    • Acute: The result of trauma, repeated overhead motions, or other overhead activities common in some sports and fields of employment, such as tennis or lifting and lowering objects.
    • Chronic: The result of degenerative conditions or general weakness as we age.

    Symptoms include aching, tenderness, and slight swelling.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be acute, like lifting an incredibly heavy object, or more chronic in nature. The tendon is initially frayed before becoming torn. A partial thickness tear often goes unnoticed. Full-thickness tears, which go all the way through the tendon, 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 clicking sensation when performing certain motions.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement describes when your acromion (the bony tip of your scapula) rubs against the soft tissue in your shoulder. 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 be the result of injury or 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 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, osteoarthritis is the form that typically affects the shoulder. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bones. It can be the result of old age, persistent trauma, and overuse. There is no cure for arthritis, but effective pain management can be found with Lemay, MO physical and occupational therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The upper arm bone, clavicle, and scapula 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 a car accident. The shoulder pain is usually significant, and the shoulder will experience substantial swelling and contusions.
  • Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries Nerve damage in the shoulder is the result of when nerves are compressed, when scar tissue blocks their electric signals, or the nerves rupture. These injuries can cause shoulder pain along with a range of other sensations. They are commonly caused by sudden trauma but can also happen because of degenerative conditions.

Sometimes, injuries are intertwined, such as how an untreated rotator cuff tear can lead to arthritis. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our no-obligation, free injury screenings in Lemay, MO may help you discover the underlying cause. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Lemay, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy. Most people who experience shoulder pain can find recovery with a tailored treatment plan with professional physical therapists that specialize in movement health in Lemay, MO can be an effective way to return to optimal movement health.

Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Lemay, MO

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

Missouri Law dictates that you need a prescription to attend physical therapy appointments, so it’s necessary to speak to your Lemay, MO doctor to see if physical therapy is safe and an effective treatment option for your shoulder pain. Our professional physical and occupational therapists are responsible and work closely with your primary care physician to make sure your treatment plan is safe for your condition.

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Lemay, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

Optimal movement health is essential to not only carrying out daily tasks with ease, but to keeping up the active lifestyles we desire. At Axes, we focus on positive outcomes for Lemay, MO residents by developing proven treatment plans catered to your injury, pain level, age, and how physically active you need to be. Do not wait to get back to the things you love doing most and a pain-free life. Request an appointment through our website or find our location nearest you.

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