Shoulder Pain in Parkdale, MO. Those who suffer from shoulder pain know how debilitating it can be. It makes everything from strapping on a seatbelt to making a breakaway layup painful and, for certain people, impossible. But pain and limited shoulder movement is usually manageable and beatable with safe and effective treatment. At Axes Physical Therapy in Parkdale, MO, our licensed physical therapists specialize in personalized treatment modalities, backed by proven research, to get you back to the activities you love most. Allow us to make your shoulder pain a long-forgotten memory. Schedule an appointment online or call the location nearest you.
The Anatomy of the Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Parkdale, MO
The shoulder is one of the 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 where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into the socket of the glenoid. Given the relatively shallow dish, it is the most mobile joint in the body.
- The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the clavicle to the acromion, the part of the scapula that is the highest part of the shoulder. A plane style synovial joint, it allows your shoulder blade to follow the movements of the other shoulder joints.
- The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint located where the clavicle meets the breastbone at the base of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the torso, it it ensures your arm and body move in coordination.
- The scapulothoracic (ST) “joint” is more of a “floating” 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 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 ball of the humerus slipping out of the socket
- 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 tendons in the biceps and shoulder which allow muscles to power the bones
- 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 maintain healthy soft tissue and stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. The muscles must have adequate strength and flexibility, the tendons attaching bone and muscle must be strong, flexible, and free of rips or tears, the ligaments that attach our bones need to be similarly healthy, 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 breakdown of the whole complex, 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, reach out to Axes’ physical therapists for a complimentary injury screening.
What’s Behind My Shoulder Pain?
Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of circumstances, from sports injuries to acute trauma, a work injury from repeated activities to our bodies just getting weaker as we get older. Below are common causes of shoulder pain that our team see in Parkdale, MO:
- Bursitis — The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that act as shock absorbers and reduce friction in joints. Bursitis occurs when the bursae because irritated after overuse, often occurs in combination with shoulder impingement, and can make daily tasks like getting dressed incredibly painful.
- Tendinitis — Tendinitis is typically caused by inflammation or irritation of a tendon. It typically falls into one of two categories:
- Acute: The result of a sudden blow, excessive overhead motions, or other overhead activities needed in some sports and occupations, such as throwing overhead or moving objects 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 acute, such a blow to the shoulder, or more chronic in nature. They usually start with fraying and then tear. People often live with partial thickness tears obliviously. Full-thickness tears, where the tendon is no longer attached whatsoever to the bone, do not heal by themselves. Associated symptoms are pain with certain motions, pain when sleeping, and a grinding sensation with certain movements.
- Shoulder Impingement — Impingement describes when your acromion (the bony tip of your scapula) rubs against the rotator cuff and bursae. It often occurs alongside an injury that causes inflammation in the rotator cuff. Shoulder impingement is rarely caused by overuse, but rather by physical activity.
- Shoulder Instability — This happens when the humerus is exits the shoulder socket, and also can happen suddenly or from 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 causes or is the result of injury to the supporting soft tissue of the shoulder. Long-term instability will cause shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
- 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 trauma, and wear and tear. There is no cure for arthritis, but effective pain management is possible with Parkdale, MO physical therapists.
- Shoulder Fractures — The humerus, collarbone, and shoulder blade are the bones in the shoulder most susceptible to fracture. They usually happen as the result of falling from a height or high-impact collisions such as being tackles in a football game. The shoulder pain is immediate and obvious, along with considerable inflammation and contusions.
- Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries — Nerve damage in the shoulder is the result of when nerves are stretched, when scar tissue interferes with their electric signals, or the nerves are torn into two pieces. These injuries can cause shoulder pain along with a range of other sensations. They are usually the result of sudden trauma but can also occur because of wear and tear.
At times, one injury leads to another, for example instability that leads to impingement. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our safe, free injury screenings in Parkdale, MO may help determine the root of it. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Parkdale, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy. For most injuries or conditions that cause shoulder pain, a customized treatment plan with licensed physical therapists that specialize in movement health in Parkdale, MO can be an effective way to get you back to the things you love to do the most.
Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Parkdale, MO
Your personalized and proven physical therapy may include any one or a variety of different treatment plans:
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to identify degenerative tissue, break down scar tissue, and treat the affected area
- Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, coordinated together with your physician, if you need surgery to relieve your shoulder pain
- Kinesio Taping® to reduce pain and inflammation 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 attack damaged soft tissue deeper in the body to stimulate blood flow
- Posture correction to make sure you do not contribute to your injuries or heal improperly
- 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 requires a prescription for physical therapy, so it’s important to speak to your Parkdale, MO doctor 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 fits into your overall treatment plan.
Parkdale, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy
Optimal movement health is imperative to not only living our every day life, but to doing the things we love. At Axes, we focus on patient results for our Parkdale, MO clients by creating evidence-backed 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 activities you love and a pain-free life. Request an appointment online or call the location most convenient for you.