Maryland Heights, MO

Maryland Heights, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Maryland Heights, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know how debilitating it can be. It can make everything from watering the flowers to diving for a softball frustrating and, in some cases, impossible. But pain and limited shoulder movement does not have to be a part of your everyday life. At Axes Physical Therapy in Maryland Heights, MO, our licensed physical therapists specialize in tailored treatment modalities, backed by proven research, to get you back to the activities you love most. Trust in us to make your shoulder pain an ancient memory. Make an appointment through our website or find the location most convenient for you.

The Human Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Maryland Heights, MO

The shoulder is among human body’s largest and most complex joints. In actuality, it is a multiplex of four joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is the joint where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into a relatively small dish called the glenoid. Given the relatively shallow dish, it has the widest range of motion as any other human joint.
  2. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the clavicle to the acromion, the part of the scapula that is the highest part of the shoulder. A gliding joint, it helps extend the upper extremity from the trunk.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint formed by the clavicle the sternum at the bottom of the neck. This joint is where the arm and torso meet, it connects 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 does not have union by fibrous, cartilaginous or synovial tissues. It is made up of the shoulder blade and its articulation with the ribcage.

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 allow for movement 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 ligaments of the shoulder which attach bones together and help reinforce the capsule
  • the tendons in the biceps and shoulder which affix muscle to bone
  • the brachial plexus nerves that allow for the brain and muscles to communicate with each other
  • the blood vessels that supply much-needed blood to the shoulder

In order for the shoulder to function properly the entire complex system must function well. Blood must be allowed to reach 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 connecting them to the bones must be intact and strong, the ligaments that attach our bones need to help maintain structure, and the nerves need to have a strong and secure connection to the brain. When any of these functions are not being carried out in a healthy way, it can lead to a disruption of the whole system, 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 free injury screening.


Shoulder Pain Maryland Heights, MO | Injury Rehabilitation | Physical Therapy Near Maryland Heights


What’s Behind My Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain can be caused by numerous different circumstances, from sports injuries to acute trauma, 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 Maryland Heights, 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 repeated activities, often occurs in combination with rotator cuff tendinitis, and can make daily activities like getting dressed tremendously 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 throwing, or other overhead activities needed in some sports and fields of employment, such as volleyball or moving objects overhead.
    • Chronic: This can happen because of degenerative conditions or the body becoming weaker as we age.

    Symptoms include smarting pain, tenderness, and mild swelling.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be acute, 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. Full-thickness tears, which pull the tendon off the bone, 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 cracking sensation with specific motions.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement occurs when your acromion (the bony tip of your shoulder blade) irritates the rotator cuff and bursae. 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 occurs when the ball of the upper arm bone is allowed to move out of the socket when the capsule or ligaments become stretched, torn, or detached, and also can happen suddenly or from overuse. Dislocations can be repeated and partial or the entire bone coming out of the socket. It often is accompanied by injury to the supporting soft tissue of the shoulder. Chronic instability will cause shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
  • Arthritis While there are at least six kinds of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the condition that typically affects the shoulder. It is the result of the cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between your bones weakens and wears away. It can be the result of tissue weakening as we become older, repeated trauma, and wear and tear. Arthritis cannot be cured, but effective pain management is possible with Maryland Heights, MO physical and occupational therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The humerus, collarbone, and shoulder blade are the bones in the shoulder most susceptible to fracture. 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 severe, and the shoulder will experience substantial swelling and bruising.
  • 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 are torn into two pieces. These injuries can cause shoulder pain, stingers, weakness, and loss of feeling in your upper extremities. They are usually the result of a sudden blow but can also happen because of wear and tear.

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 no-obligation, free injury screenings in Maryland Heights, MO may help determine the underlying cause. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Maryland Heights, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy. Most people who experience shoulder pain can find relief with a customized treatment plan with certified physical therapists that specialize in movement health in Maryland Heights, MO can be a successful way to get you back to optimal movement health.

Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Maryland Heights, 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 Maryland Heights, MO primary care physician 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 make sure your treatment plan is safe for your condition.

Shoulder Pain Maryland Heights, MO | Injury Rehabilitation | Physical Therapy Near Maryland Heights

Maryland Heights, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

Optimal movement health is essential 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 Maryland Heights, MO clients by developing proven 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. Make an appointment online or call the 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 (Astym)
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Video Motion Analysis
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Nick Weber
Clinic Director, MPT
Bailey Zimmermann
Front Office Supervisor
Daniel Scribner
PT, DPT, ATC

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