Maplewood, MO

Maplewood, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Maplewood, MO. Those who suffer from shoulder pain know how hard it can be to manage. It can make any basic task from strapping on a seatbelt to diving for a softball frustrating and, for some of us, impossible. But pain and limited shoulder movement does not have to be a part of your everyday life. At Axes Physical Therapy in Maplewood, MO, our licensed physical therapists create personalized treatment modalities, proven to work through research, to get you back to optimal movement health. Allow us to turn your shoulder pain from a daily occurrence into a thing of the past. Request an appointment through our website or call our location most convenient for you.

The Human Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Maplewood, MO

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

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is the joint where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into the socket of the glenoid. Given the relatively shallow dish, it allows for more movement than any other joint.
  2. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the collarbone to the acromion, the part of the shoulder blade that is the highest part of the shoulder. A plane style synovial joint, it allows you to outstretch your arm.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint formed by the clavicle the breastbone at the bottom of the neck. This joint is where the arm and torso meet, it it ensures your arm and body move in coordination.
  4. 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 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 humerus, which power movement and keep the ball of the humerus slipping out of the socket
  • the shoulder capsule, a tough sheath or membrane that surrounds and protects the shoulder
  • the ligaments of the shoulder which help connect bone to bone and help reinforce the capsule
  • the tendons in the biceps and shoulder which attach muscle to bone
  • the brachial plexus nerves that send motor messages from the brain to muscles and sensory information (like pain) from the joints back to the brain
  • the blood vessels that pump nutritious 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 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 connecting 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, contact Axes’ physical therapists for a free injury screening.


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What’s Behind My Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of circumstances, from sports injuries to being struck by an object, a work injury from overuse to old age. Below are common causes of shoulder pain that our team see in Maplewood, MO:

  • Bursitis The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that act as shock absorbers and reduce friction in joints. Bursitis the result of the bursae becoming swollen after overuse, often occurs in association with rotator cuff tendinitis, and can make basic tasks like brushing your teeth tremendously painful.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis generally occurs because of inflammation or irritation of a tendon. There are two types of tendinitis:
    • Acute: This can happen because of trauma, repeated throwing, or other overhead activities needed in some sports and occupations, such as swimming or lifting boxes above your head.
    • Chronic: The result of degenerative conditions or the body becoming weaker as we get older.

    The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside the joint.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be caused by acute injuries, like lifting an incredibly heavy object, or more chronic in nature. They usually start with fraying and then tear. People often live with partial thickness tears unaware. Full-thickness tears, which pull the tendon off the bone, do not heal by themselves. Symptoms include pain when performing certain movements, pain when sleeping, and a clicking sensation when performing 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 because of an injury. Shoulder impingement is most common in people who play sports or are otherwise active.
  • Shoulder Instability This happens when the head of the upper arm bone is allowed to move out of the socket when the capsule or ligaments become damaged, and also can be the result of injury or overuse. Dislocations can be repeated and partial or the entire bone coming out of the socket. It often is accompanied by injury to the surrounding areas of the shoulder. Long-term instability will result in shoulder pain and a sense of the shoulder “giving way.”
  • Arthritis While there are many types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the condition that typically affects the shoulder. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bones. Common causes include tissue weakening as we become older, persistent injuries, and wear and tear. Arthritis cannot be cured, but you can find effective pain management methods with Maplewood, MO physical and occupational therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The upper arm bone, clavicle, and scapula are the most commonly broken bones in the shoulder. They are often the result of falling a significant distance or onto a hard surface or high-energy collisions such as being tackles in a football game. The shoulder pain is immediate and obvious, and the shoulder will experience substantial 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 blocks their electric signals, or the nerves burst. 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 happen because of degenerative conditions.

Sometimes, injuries are connected, for example how an untreated rotator cuff tear can lead to arthritis. If you’re currently suffering from shoulder pain, one of our safe, free injury screenings in Maplewood, MO may help determine the root of it. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Maplewood, 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 knowledgeable physical therapists and movement health specialists in Maplewood, MO can be an effective way to return to the activities you love.

Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Maplewood, MO

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

  • 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 results
  • Trigger point dry needling to target harder-to-reach irritated muscles, ligaments, and tendons to encourage the body’s natural healing processes
  • Posture correction to ensure you are not inadvertently causing your shoulder pain or do not heal correctly
  • Injury prevention so you do not lose your active lifestyle in the future
  • Other safe, effective exercises to increase and maintain your mobility

Missouri Law stipulates that you need a prescription for physical therapy, so it’s necessary to speak to your Maplewood, MO doctor to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our knowledgeable 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.

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

Maplewood, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

Optimal movement health is essential to not only living our every day life, but to keeping up the active lifestyles we desire. At Axes, we focus on patient results for our Maplewood, MO clients by developing evidence-backed treatment plans catered to 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 through our website or call our location most convenient for you.

Services Offered

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

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