Murphy, MO

Murphy, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Murphy, 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 painful and, for some of us, unfeasible. But pain and limited shoulder movement does not have to be a part of your everyday life. At Axes Physical Therapy in Murphy, MO, our experienced physical therapists specialize in tailored treatment plans, backed by proven research, to get you back to the activities you love most. Let us help you make your shoulder pain an ancient memory. Schedule an appointment through our website or find our location most convenient for you.

The Human Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Murphy, MO

The shoulder is among the largest and most complex joints we have. In actuality, it is made up of four independent smaller joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is a ball and socket joint responsible for connecting the upper extremity to the trunk. As the the top of the humerus is 3-4 times larger than the socket, it allows for more movement than any other 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 scapula. A gliding joint, it allows for additional rotation of the shoulder blade.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint located where the collarbone meets 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 more of a “floating” joint as it does not have ligaments connecting it to bone. It is made up of the scapula and its articulation with the ribcage.

In order to support those four joints, the shoulder consists 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 humerus firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder
  • the shoulder capsule, a a fluid-filled sac that surrounds and lubricates the shoulder
  • the ligaments of the shoulder which help connect bone to bone and provide stability for the capsule
  • the biceps tendon and rotator cuff tendons 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 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 stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. The muscles must have adequate strength and flexibility, the tendons connecting them to the bones must be intact and strong, the ligaments that attach our bones need to help support proper 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 breakdown of the whole system, 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, contact Axes’ physical therapists for a complimentary injury screening.


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What’s Behind My Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain can be caused by numerous different circumstances, from sports injuries to being struck by an object, a work injury from overuse to old age. The following are common causes of shoulder pain that our team see in Murphy, 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 irritated after overuse, often occurs in association with shoulder impingement, and can make basic activities like brushing your teeth immensely painful.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis is typically caused by inflammation or irritation of a tendon. There are two causes of tendinitis:
    • Acute: This can happen because of a sudden blow, excessive throwing, or other overhead activities needed in some sports and occupations, such as track and field throwing events or lifting boxes above your head.
    • Chronic: This can happen because of wear and tear or the body becoming weaker as we age.

    Symptoms include smarting pain, tenderness, and slight swelling.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be acute, such falling on an outstretched arm, or repetitive movements or old age. They usually start with fraying and then tear. A partial thickness tear often goes unnoticed. Complete tears, which pull the tendon off the bone, do not heal by themselves. Symptoms include pain with specific motions, pain when sleeping, and a cracking feeling with certain motions.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement occurs when your acromion (the bony tip of your scapula) rubs against the rotator cuff and bursae. It is often the result of rotator cuff swellings after an injury. Shoulder impingement occurs the most in people who are physically active.
  • Shoulder Instability This happens when the humerus is forced out of the shoulder socket, and also can be the result of injury or 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 a sense of the shoulder “giving way.”
  • Arthritis While arthritis refers to a range of diagnoses, the shoulder most typically suffers from osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bones. It can be the result of tissue weakening as we become older, repeated injuries, and overuse. Arthritis cannot be cured, but effective pain management is possible with Murphy, MO physical therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The humerus, clavicle, 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 forceful collisions such as being tackles in a football game. The shoulder pain is usually intense, and the shoulder will experience substantial inflammation and contusions.
  • 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 along with a range of other sensations. They are usually the result of a sudden blow but can also occur because of overuse.

At times, one injury leads to another, for example how an untreated rotator cuff tear can lead to arthritis. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our no-risk, free injury screenings in Murphy, MO may help you discover the root of it. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Murphy, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy. Most people who experience shoulder pain can experience relief with a personalized treatment plan with professional physical therapists and movement health specialists in Murphy, MO can be a great way to get you back to optimal movement health.

How Do Murphy, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?

Your tailored and proven physical therapy treatment plan may include:

Missouri Law requires a prescription to attend physical therapy appointments, so you need to reach out to your Murphy, 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.

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Murphy, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

Optimal movement health is important to not only living our every day life, but to doing the things we love. At Axes, we focus on patient results for our Murphy, MO clients by implementing proven treatment plans based on your injury, pain level, age, and how physically active you need to be. Do not wait to get back to the activities you love and a pain-free life. Request an appointment through our website or reach out to the location nearest you.

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    • Acute Injury Management
    • Chronic Injury Management
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  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
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