Mackenzie, MO

Mackenzie, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Mackenzie, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know how debilitating it can be. It can make everything from brushing your teeth to making a breakaway layup painful and, for some of us, not even an option. But pain and limited shoulder movement does not have to be a part of your everyday life. At Axes PT in Mackenzie, MO, our licensed physical therapists create tailored treatment modalities, backed by proven research, to get you back to striking out opponents, or just combing your hair pain-free. Let us help you make your shoulder pain a long-forgotten memory. Schedule an appointment through our website or find our location nearest you.

How Does the Shoulder Work? | Shoulder Pain in Mackenzie, MO

The shoulder is one of the human body’s largest and most complex joints. In truth, what we call the shoulder joint is made up of four different joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is the joint responsible for connecting the upper extremity to the trunk. 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 clavicle the acromion, the bony tip on the outer edge of the shoulder blade. A plane joint, it allows for additional rotation of the shoulder blade.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint formed by the clavicle the sternum at the foundation of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the torso, it links the movement of the upper limb with the core of your body.
  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 thoracic cage.

The shoulder is supported and surrounded by:

  • the four muscles of the rotator cup covering the head of the humerus, which allow for movement movement and keep the ball of the upper arm bone stable
  • the shoulder capsule, a a fluid-filled sac that surrounds and lubricates the shoulder
  • the four shoulder ligaments which provide passive stability while still allowing for movements in different planes
  • the biceps tendon and rotator cuff tendons which attach 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 blood vessels that supply nutrient-rich 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 repair minor damage. The muscles must have adequate strength and flexibility, the tendons connecting them to the bones must be strong, flexible, and free of rips or tears, the ligaments connecting 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 can lead to a disruption of the whole complex, and anywhere from nagging to intense shoulder pain or loss of function. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain or any other symptoms of a shoulder injury, reach out to Axes’ physical therapists for a free injury screening.


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What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain can be caused by numerous different 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 common causes of shoulder pain that our team see in Mackenzie, 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 the result of the bursae becoming inflamed after overuse, often occurs in combination with irritation of the rotator cuff, and can make daily activities like laying down for bed tremendously difficult.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis is typically caused by inflammation or irritation of a tendon. There are two causes of tendinitis:
    • Acute: This can happen because of trauma, excessive overhead motions, or other overhead activities needed in some competitive and activities and occupations, such as tennis or lifting and lowering boxes.
    • Chronic: This can happen because of degenerative conditions or the body becoming weaker as we age.

    Symptoms include aching, tenderness, and mild swelling.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be caused by acute injuries, like falling on an outstretched arm, or repetitive movements or old age. The tendon is initially frayed before becoming torn. A partial thickness tear often goes unnoticed. Complete tears, which pull the tendon off the bone, often require surgery. Symptoms include pain when performing specific movements, pain when sleeping, and a cracking sensation when performing certain motions.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement occurs when your acromion (the bony tip of your scapula) rubs against the soft tissue in your shoulder. 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 happens when the humerus is exits the shoulder socket, and also can happen suddenly or from overuse. 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 surrounding areas of the shoulder. Chronic instability will result in shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
  • Arthritis While arthritis refers to a range of diagnoses, the shoulder most commonly experiences osteoarthritis. It occurs when the cartilage cushioning the ends of your bones degenerates. Common causes include old age, repeated injuries, and wear and tear. There is no cure for arthritis, but effective pain management is possible with Mackenzie, MO physical and occupational therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The upper arm bone, collarbone, and scapula 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-impact collisions such as a car accident. The shoulder pain is usually significant, along with substantial swelling and contusions.
  • Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries Nerve damage in the shoulder can occur when nerves are compressed, when scar tissue blocks their electric signals, or the nerves are otherwise damaged. Axillary nerve and brachial plexus 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 happen because of degenerative conditions.

At times, one injury leads to another, for example an impingement causing damage to the nerves. If you’re currently suffering from shoulder pain, one of our safe, free injury screenings in Mackenzie, MO may help you discover the underlying cause. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in Mackenzie, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy to discover the cause. For most injuries or conditions that cause shoulder pain, a tailored treatment plan with experienced physical therapists that are experts in movement health in Mackenzie, MO can be a successful way to return to the activities you love.

Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Mackenzie, MO

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

Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 requires a prescription to attend physical therapy appointments, so you need to reach out to your Mackenzie, MO primary care physician to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our knowledgeable physical and occupational therapists form a team with your primary care physician to ensure you are getting the care that fits into your overall treatment plan.

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Mackenzie, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A healthy shoulder 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 patient results for Mackenzie, MO residents by creating evidence-backed 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. Request an appointment online or reach out to the location most convenient for you.

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Services Offered
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Acute Injury Management
  • Chronic Injury Management
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Vestibular Therapy and Post-Concussion Rehabilitation
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

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Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Sarah Barker
Front Office
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