Shoulder Pain in New Haven, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know how debilitating it can be. It can make any basic task from pouring a cup of coffee to making a breakaway layup frustrating and, for some of us, impossible. But you do not need to live the rest of your life with pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes Physical Therapy in New Haven, MO, our licensed physical therapists create tailored treatment modalities, backed by proven research, to get you back to optimal movement health. Trust in us to safely and effectively treat your shoulder pain. Schedule an appointment online or reach out to the location most convenient for you.
The Anatomy of the Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in New Haven, MO
The shoulder is among the largest and most intricate joints we have. In truth, it is made up of four independent smaller joints:
- The glenohumeral (GH) joint is the joint responsible for connecting the upper extremity to the trunk. Given the relatively shallow dish, it is the most mobile joint in the body.
- 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 gliding joint, it helps extend the upper extremity from the trunk.
- The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a plane-style synovial joint formed by the clavicle the breastbone at the bottom of the neck. This joint is where the arm and body meet, it connects the movement of the upper limb with the core of your body.
- The scapulothoracic (ST) “joint” is more of a “floating” joint as it does not have typical joint characteristics. 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 power movement and stabilize the ball of the humerus within the shoulder socket
- the shoulder capsule, a a fluid-filled sac that surrounds and lubricates the shoulder
- the ligaments of the shoulder which attach bones together and provide stability for the capsule
- the biceps tendon and rotator cuff tendons which connect muscle to bone
- the brachial plexus nerves that allow for the brain and muscles to communicate with each other
- the arteries that pump nutritious blood to the shoulder
Optimal shoulder and movement health depends on every part of the system being healthy and working together. Blood must flow freely to the shoulder maintain healthy soft tissue and repair minor damage. The muscles strong enough to move and flexible enough to safely make those movements, the tendons attaching bone and muscle must be strong, flexible, and free of rips or tears, the ligaments connecting bones need to be similarly healthy, and the brain and shoulder need to have clear communication with each other. When any of these parts are not at optimal health, it can lead to a breakdown of the entire network, 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 free injury screening.
What’s Behind My Shoulder Pain?
Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of circumstances, from sports injuries to a car accident, a work injury from repeated activities to our bodies just getting weaker as we get older. The following are the most common underlying conditions that lead to shoulder pain in New Haven, 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 swollen after repeated activities, often occurs in association with rotator cuff tendinitis, and can make daily tasks like laying down for bed tremendously difficult.
- Tendinitis — Tendinitis generally occurs because of inflammation or irritation of a tendon. It typically falls into one of two categories:
- Acute: The result of trauma, excessive overhead motions, or other overhead activities common in some competitive and activities and fields of employment, such as tennis or lifting and lowering objects.
- Chronic: The result of wear and tear or the body becoming weaker as we get older.
Symptoms include a dull ache, tenderness, and mild swelling.
- Rotator Cuff Tear — These can also be caused by sudden trauma, like lifting an incredibly heavy object, or more chronic in nature. They begin with fraying and ultimately tear. People often live with partial thickness tears unknowingly. Full-thickness tears, which go all the way through the tendon, often require surgery. Associated 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 clicking feeling when performing specific motions.
- Shoulder Impingement — Impingement is the result of soft tissue rubbing against your shoulder blade. It is often the result of rotator cuff swellings after an injury. Shoulder impingement is rarely caused by overuse, and is most common in athletes or others who engage in physical activity.
- Shoulder Instability — This happens when the ball of the humerus is allowed to move out of the socket when the capsule or ligaments become stretched, torn, or detached, 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 supporting soft tissue of the shoulder. Chronic instability will result in shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
- Arthritis — While arthritis refers to a range of diagnoses, osteoarthritis is the form that typically affects the shoulder. It occurs when the cartilage cushioning the ends of your bones weakens and wears away. It can be the result of old age, repeated injuries, and wear and tear. There is no cure for arthritis, but effective pain management can be found with New Haven, MO physical therapists.
- Shoulder Fractures — The humerus, collarbone, and shoulder blade 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 high-energy collisions such as a car accident. The shoulder pain is usually significant, and the shoulder will experience substantial swelling 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 rupture. Axillary nerve and brachial plexus injuries can cause shoulder pain, stingers, numbness, and loss of feeling in your shoulder, arm, or hand. They are usually the result of sudden trauma but can also occur because of wear and tear.
Sometimes, injuries are intertwined, for example a fracture that leads to damage to the nerves. If you’re currently suffering from shoulder pain, one of our no-obligation, free injury screenings in New Haven, MO may help determine the root of it. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in New Haven, MO may use a physical examination, an X-Ray, an MRI, a CT scan, arthrogram, and/or arthroscopy. For most injuries or conditions that cause shoulder pain, a tailored treatment plan with certified physical therapists that specialize in movement health in New Haven, MO can be a great way to get you back to the activities you love.
How Do New Haven, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?
Your personalized and proven 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, coordinated together with your physician, 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 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 damaged muscles, ligaments, and tendons 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 and your shoulder and stay healthy and active
- Other safe, effective treatment methods to increase and maintain your mobility
Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 requires a prescription for physical therapy, so you need to reach out to your New Haven, MO physician to see if physical therapy is safe and an effective treatment option for your shoulder pain. Our knowledgeable physical and occupational therapists form a team with your primary care physician to ensure you are getting the care that is safe for your condition.
New Haven, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy
Optimal movement health is essential to not only living our every day life, but to doing the things we love. At Axes, we focus on positive outcomes for New Haven, MO residents by developing proven treatment plans catered to your injury, pain level, age, and how physically active you need to be. You do not have to delay in getting 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.