Maryknoll, MO

Maryknoll, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Maryknoll, MO. Those who experience shoulder pain know how debilitating it can be. It can make everything from pouring a cup of coffee to making a breakaway layup painful and, in some cases, not even an option. But you do not need to live the rest of your life with pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes PT in Maryknoll, MO, our professional physical therapists specialize in tailored treatment modalities, based on evidence, 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 the location most convenient for you.

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

The shoulder is one of the the largest and most complex joints we have. In reality, what is referred to as 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. As the top of the upper arm bone is several times larger than the socket, it has the widest range of motion as any other human 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 joint, it allows you to outstretch your arm.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint located where the clavicle meets the sternum at the foundation of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the torso, 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 does not have union by fibrous, cartilaginous or synovial tissues. 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 that surround the head of the humerus, which power movement and keep the head of the upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder
  • the shoulder capsule, a tough sheath or membrane that encloses the shoulder
  • the four shoulder ligaments which attach bones together and provide stability for the capsule
  • the biceps tendon and rotator cuff tendons which attach muscle to bone
  • the brachial plexus nerves that allow for the brain and muscles to communicate with each other
  • the blood vessels that supply nutritious blood to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons

In order for the shoulder to function properly every joint, ligament, tendon, muscle, artery, capsule, and nerve must function well. Sufficient blood must flow to the shoulder efficiently to keep oxygen levels and muscles strong 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 help support proper structure, 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, reach out to Axes’ physical therapists for a no-risk, no-obligation 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 repeated activities to our bodies just getting weaker as we get older. Below are the most common underlying conditions that lead to shoulder pain in Maryknoll, 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 inflamed after overuse, often occurs in combination with irritation of the rotator cuff, and can make daily tasks like carrying groceries tremendously painful.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis generally occurs because of inflammation or irritation of a tendon. There are two causes of tendinitis:
    • Acute: This can happen because of trauma, repeated throwing, or other overhead activities common in some competitive and activities and occupations, such as volleyball or lifting and lowering boxes.
    • Chronic: The result of degenerative conditions or general weakness as we get weaker.

    The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside the joint.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be caused by sudden trauma, like lifting an incredibly heavy object, or wear and tear. The tendon is initially frayed before becoming torn. A partial thickness tear often goes unnoticed. Complete tears, which go all the way through the tendon, often require surgery. Common symptoms are having difficulty raising your arm or lifting things you normally can, pain when lying on the side of the affected shoulder, and a popping sensation when performing specific movements.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement is the result of the rotator cuff and bursae rubbing against your shoulder blade. It often occurs alongside an injury that causes inflammation in the rotator cuff. 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 allowed to move out of the socket when the capsule or ligaments become damaged, 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 cause shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
  • Arthritis While there are many kinds of arthritis, the shoulder most typically experiences osteoarthritis. It occurs when the cartilage cushioning the ends of your bones degenerates. It can be the result of old age, frequent trauma, and overuse. Arthritis cannot be cured, but you can find effective pain management methods with Maryknoll, MO physical and occupational therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The humerus, clavicle, and shoulder blade 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-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 can occur when nerves are impinged on, when scar tissue interferes with their electric signals, or the nerves are torn into two pieces. These 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, for example a dislocation that leads to damage to the nerves. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our no-risk, free injury screenings in Maryknoll, MO may help determine why you’re experiencing the pain. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in Maryknoll, 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 personalized treatment plan with professional physical therapists and movement health specialists in Maryknoll, MO can be a great way to return to optimal movement health.

How Do Maryknoll, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?

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

Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 dictates that you need a prescription for physical therapy, so you need to reach out to your Maryknoll, MO doctor to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our licensed physical and occupational therapists are responsible and work closely with your primary care physician to ensure you are getting the care that is safe for your condition.

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

Maryknoll, 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 our Maryknoll, MO clients by implementing proven treatment plans catered to your injury, pain level, age, and desired activity level. You do not have to delay in getting back to the things you love doing most and a pain-free life. Schedule an appointment through our website or call our location most convenient for you.

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