Shoulder Pain in Old Jamestown, MO. Those who suffer from shoulder pain know how debilitating it can be. It makes everything from brushing your teeth to serving an ace on the tennis court frustrating and, sometimes, unfeasible. But you do not have to accept pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes Physical Therapy in Old Jamestown, MO, our licensed physical therapists are experts at creating personalized treatment modalities, based on evidence, to get you back to the activities you love most. Trust in 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.
The Anatomy of the Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Old Jamestown, MO
The shoulder is among human body’s largest and most intricate joints. In truth, it is made up of four independent smaller joints:
- The glenohumeral (GH) joint is a ball and socket joint responsible for connecting the upper extremity to the trunk. Given the relatively shallow socket, it has the widest range of motion as any other human joint.
- The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is formed by the junction of the collarbone the acromion, the part of the shoulder blade that is the highest part of the shoulder. A gliding joint, it allows for additional rotation of the shoulder blade.
- The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint located where the collarbone meets the sternum at the base of the neck. This joint is where the arm and torso meet, it it ensures your arm and body act in tandem.
- 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 scapula and its articulation with the ribcage.
In addition to those four joints, the shoulder consists of:
- the four muscles of the rotator cup covering the head of the upper arm bone, which allow for movement movement and keep the head of the humerus firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder
- the shoulder capsule, a soft tissue sac that encloses 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 allow for the brain and muscles to communicate with each other
- the arteries that pump nutrient-rich blood to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons
In order for the shoulder to function properly the entire complex system must function well. Sufficient blood must flow to the shoulder efficiently to keep oxygen levels and muscles strong 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 that attach our bones need to help maintain structure, and messages most be able to be sent and received between the brain and shoulder. When any one of the parts of the shoulder is damaged, inflamed, or otherwise irritated, 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 complimentary injury screening.
What Causes Shoulder Pain?
Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of circumstances, from sports injuries to a car accident, a work injury from overuse to old age. The following are the most common underlying conditions that lead to shoulder pain in Old Jamestown, 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 occurs when the bursae because inflamed after repeated activities, often occurs at the same time as inflammation of the rotator cuff, and can make daily tasks like brushing your teeth immensely difficult.
- Tendinitis — Tendinitis is typically caused by a tendon becoming irritated. There are two types of tendinitis:
- Acute: The result of a sudden blow, excessive throwing, or other overhead activities needed in some sports and occupations, such as tennis or lifting and lowering boxes.
- Chronic: This can happen because 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 acute, like lifting an incredibly heavy object, or repetitive movements or old age. They begin with fraying and ultimately tear. People often live with partial tears unaware. Complete tears, where the tendon is completely detached from the bone, often require surgery. Symptoms include pain with certain movements, pain when sleeping, and a clicking sensation with certain movements.
- Shoulder Impingement — Impingement occurs when your acromion (the bony tip of your scapula) irritates 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 play sports or are otherwise active.
- Shoulder Instability — This happens when the head of the humerus is forced out of the shoulder socket, and also can be the result of injury or wear and tear. Dislocations can be repeated and partial or the entire bone coming 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 a sense of the shoulder “giving way.”
- Arthritis — While arthritis refers to a range of diagnoses, osteoarthritis is the condition that typically affects the shoulder. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bones. It can be the result of tissue weakening as we become older, frequent injuries, and overuse. There is no cure for arthritis, but effective pain management is possible with Old Jamestown, MO physical and occupational therapists.
- Shoulder Fractures — The upper arm bone, clavicle, and shoulder blade are the bones in the shoulder most susceptible to breaking. They are often the result of falling a significant distance or onto a hard surface or high-energy collisions such as being tackles in a football game. The shoulder pain is immediate and obvious, and the shoulder will experience considerable inflammation and contusions.
- Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries — Nerve damage in the shoulder can occur when nerves are impinged on, when scar tissue interferes with communication between the brain and shoulder, or the nerves are torn into two pieces. These injuries can cause shoulder pain, stingers, weakness, and loss of sensation in your upper extremities. They are usually the result of high-impact trauma but can also occur because of degenerative conditions.
Sometimes, injuries are intertwined, such as how an untreated rotator cuff tear can lead to arthritis. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our no-obligation, free injury screenings in Old Jamestown, MO may help determine the root of it. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Old Jamestown, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy. For most injuries or conditions that cause shoulder pain, a personalized treatment plan with certified physical therapists and movement health specialists in Old Jamestown, MO can be a great way to return to the things you love to do the most.
How Do Old Jamestown, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?
Your tailored and evidence-backed physical therapy treatments may include:
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to identify degenerative tissue, break down scar tissue, and treat the affected area
- Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, based on a plan with come up with alongside your surgeon, if you need surgery to relieve your shoulder pain
- Kinesio Taping® to reduce pain and inflammation and allow you to participate in physical activity or 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 attack harder-to-reach damaged muscles, ligaments, and tendons to encourage the body’s natural healing processes
- Posture correction to ensure you are not inadvertently causing your shoulder pain or do not heal correctly
- Injury prevention so you do not lose your active lifestyle in the future
- Other safe, effective techniques to increase and maintain your mobility
Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 stipulates that you need a prescription for physical therapy, so you need to reach out to your Old Jamestown, MO physician to see if physical therapy is safe and an effective treatment option for your shoulder pain. Our experienced physical and occupational therapists form a team with your primary care physician to make sure you are getting the care that fits into your overall treatment plan.
Old Jamestown, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy
A healthy shoulder is important to not only carrying out daily tasks with ease, but to keeping up the active lifestyles we desire. At Axes, we focus on positive outcomes for Old Jamestown, MO people of all ages by developing proven treatment plans based on your injury, pain level, age, and how physically active you need to be. You do not have to delay in getting back to the things you love doing most and a pain-free life. Request an appointment online or find the location most convenient for you.