Moscow Mills, MO

Moscow Mills, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Moscow Mills, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know how debilitating it can be. It makes everything from strapping on a seatbelt to making a breakaway layup painful and, in some cases, unfeasible. But pain and limited shoulder movement is usually manageable and beatable with safe and effective treatment. At Axes Physical Therapy in Moscow Mills, MO, our professional physical therapists create personalized treatment plans, based on evidence, to get you back to optimal movement health. Let us help you make your shoulder pain a long-forgotten memory. Make an appointment through our website or call the location nearest you.

The Anatomy of the Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Moscow Mills, MO

The shoulder is among the largest and most complex joints we have. In truth, 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 the socket of 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 clavicle the acromion, the part of the shoulder blade that is the highest part of the shoulder. A gliding joint, it allows your shoulder blade to follow the movements of the other shoulder joints.
  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 body meet, 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 is made up of the scapula and its articulation with the ribcage.

The shoulder is supported and surrounded by:

  • the four muscles of the rotator cup covering the head of the upper arm bone, which are responsible for movement and stabilize and protect the glenohumeral joint
  • the shoulder capsule, a a fluid-filled sac that surrounds and lubricates the joints in the shoulder
  • the four shoulder ligaments which help connect bone to bone and help reinforce the capsule
  • the tendons in the biceps and shoulder which affix 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 much-needed blood to the shoulder

Optimal shoulder and movement health depends on every part of the system being healthy and working 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 the nerves need to have a strong and secure connection to the brain. 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 free injury screening.


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What’s Behind My Shoulder Pain?

As the shoulder is complex, shoulder pain can have any of a number of root causes, from sports injuries to a car accident, a work injury from repeated activities to old age. The following are the most common underlying conditions that lead to shoulder pain in Moscow Mills, 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 repeated activities, often occurs in association with shoulder impingement, and can make basic activities like brushing your teeth exceedingly painful.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis is typically caused by a tendon becoming irritated. There are two types of tendinitis:
    • Acute: This can happen because of a sudden blow, repeated throwing, or other overhead activities needed in some competitive and activities and occupations, such as swimming or lifting boxes overhead.
    • Chronic: The result of degenerative conditions or general weakness as we age.

    The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside the joint.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be caused by sudden trauma, such lifting an incredibly heavy object, or more chronic in nature. They usually start with fraying and then tear. People often live with partial tears obliviously. Complete tears, which pull the tendon off the bone, do not heal by themselves. Common symptoms are having difficulty raising your arm or lifting things you normally can, pain when sleeping, and a cracking feeling when performing specific movements.
  • 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 after an injury. Shoulder impingement is rarely caused by overuse, but rather by physical activity.
  • Shoulder Instability This happens when the head of the upper arm bone 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. Long-term instability will result in shoulder pain and a sense of the shoulder “giving way.”
  • Arthritis While arthritis refers to a range of diagnoses, osteoarthritis is the form that typically affects the shoulder. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bones. Common causes include old age, persistent injuries, and overuse. Arthritis cannot be cured, but effective pain management is possible with Moscow Mills, 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 forceful collisions such as being tackles in a football game. The shoulder pain is usually significant, and the shoulder will experience substantial inflammation 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 signals between the brain and shoulder, or the nerves are otherwise damaged. Axillary nerve and brachial plexus injuries can cause shoulder pain, stingers, weakness, and loss of sensation in your upper extremities. They are commonly caused by sudden trauma but can also happen because of degenerative conditions.

At times, one injury leads to another, such as a dislocation that leads to damage to the nerves. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our no-obligation, free injury screenings in Moscow Mills, MO may help determine the root of it. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Moscow Mills, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy. Most people who experience shoulder pain can find relief with a tailored treatment plan with experienced physical therapists and movement health specialists in Moscow Mills, MO can be a successful way to return to the activities you love.

Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Moscow Mills, MO

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

  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to identify soft tissue restrictions, smooth out scar tissue, and treat the affected area
  • 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 provide support for your shoulder and keep you safe as you participate in sports or go back to work while you are still recovering
  • Blood flow restriction training to strengthen muscles while reducing overall stress on the shoulder
  • Trigger point dry needling to target irritated soft tissue deeper in the body to stimulate blood flow
  • Posture correction to ensure you are not inadvertently causing your shoulder pain or heal improperly
  • Injury prevention so you do not lose your active lifestyle in the future
  • Other safe, effective techniques to optimize your mobility

Missouri Law states that you need a prescription to attend physical therapy appointments, so you need to reach out to your Moscow Mills, MO primary care physician to see if physical therapy is safe and an effective treatment option for your shoulder pain. Our experienced physical and occupational therapists work alongside your primary care physician to ensure your treatment plan is safe for your condition.

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Moscow Mills, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A well-functioning shoulder is essential to not only carrying out daily tasks with ease, but to doing the things we love. At Axes, we focus on positive outcomes for Moscow Mills, MO residents by developing 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 things you love doing most and a pain-free life. Schedule an appointment online or call our location nearest 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
  • DorsaVi Video Motion Analysis
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy, McKenzie
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Katee Strunk
Front Office Team Lead
Julie Freiner
OTR/L, CHT
Samantha Bixby
PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
Farren Holman
PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
Matt Williams
MS, OTR/L, ATC/L
Jeff Hunter
Clinic Director, PT, Cert. MDT, MBA

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