Shoulder Pain in Sunset Hills, MO. Those who suffer from shoulder pain know the limitations it can place on your life. It makes any daily task from pouring a cup of coffee to diving for a softball frustrating and, in some cases, impossible. But pain and limited shoulder movement does not have to be a part of your everyday life. At Axes PT in Sunset Hills, MO, our licensed physical therapists specialize in tailored treatment plans, backed by proven research, to get you back to striking out opponents, or just combing your hair pain-free. Trust in us to safely and effectively treat your shoulder pain. Request an appointment online or find our location nearest you.
The Anatomy of the Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Sunset Hills, MO
The shoulder is among the largest and most complex joints we have. In reality, 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 socket, it has the widest range of motion as any other human joint.
- The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the collarbone to the acromion, the part of the scapula that is the highest part of the shoulder. A plane joint, it helps extend the upper extremity from the trunk.
- The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint formed by the collarbone the sternum at the bottom of the neck. This joint is where the arm and body meet, 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 typical joint characteristics. It attaches and allows movement between the shoulder blade and the part of rib cage at the back of our bodies.
In order to support those four joints, the shoulder consists of:
- the four muscles of the rotator cup that surround the head of the upper arm bone, which power 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 four shoulder ligaments which attach bones together and provide stability for the capsule
- the biceps tendon and rotator cuff tendons which allow muscles to power the bones
- the brachial plexus nerves that allow for the brain and muscles to communicate with each other
- the arteries that supply much-needed blood to the shoulder
Optimal shoulder and movement health depends on every part of the system functioning well. Blood must be allowed to reach the shoulder maintain healthy soft tissue and repair minor damage. 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 help support proper structure, and messages most be able to be sent and received between the brain and shoulder. 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 if shoulder pain or poor shoulder movement is part of your daily life, contact Axes’ physical therapists for a no-risk, no-obligation injury screening.
What Causes Shoulder Pain?
As the shoulder has so many moving parts, shoulder pain can have many root causes, from sports injuries to being struck by an object, a work injury from overuse to our bodies just getting weaker as we get older. Below are common causes of shoulder pain that our physical and occupations therapists see in Sunset Hills, MO:
- Bursitis — The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that work as a cushion and gliding surface between tissues. Bursitis the result of the bursae becoming inflamed after overuse, often occurs in association with inflammation of the rotator cuff, and can make daily tasks like brushing your teeth exceedingly painful.
- Tendinitis — Tendinitis generally occurs because of a tendon becoming irritated. There are two causes of tendinitis:
- Acute: The result of a sudden blow, excessive overhead motions, or other overhead activities needed in some sports and fields of employment, such as throwing overhead or lifting and lowering objects.
- Chronic: The result of wear and tear or general weakness as we get weaker.
The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside the joint.
- Rotator Cuff Tear — These can also be caused by sudden trauma, like a blow to the shoulder, or more chronic in nature. The tendon is initially frayed before becoming torn. A partial thickness tear often goes unnoticed. Complete tears, where the tendon is completely detached from the bone, do not heal by themselves. Symptoms include pain with specific movements, pain when lying on the side of the affected shoulder, and a popping sensation with specific movements.
- Shoulder Impingement — Impingement describes when your acromion (the bony tip of your shoulder blade) rubs against the soft tissue in your shoulder. It often occurs in tandem with an injury that causes inflammation in the rotator cuff. Shoulder impingement occurs the most in people who play sports or are otherwise active.
- 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 happen suddenly or from wear and tear. Dislocations can be repeated and partial or the entire bone coming out of the socket. It often is accompanied by injury to the surrounding areas 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 form that typically affects the shoulder. It is the result of the cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between your bones degenerates. It can be the result of old age, frequent injuries, and overuse. There is no cure for arthritis, but you can find effective pain management methods with Sunset Hills, MO physical therapists.
- Shoulder Fractures — The humerus, clavicle, and shoulder blade are the most commonly broken bones in the shoulder. They usually happen as the result of falling from a height or high-energy collisions such as a car accident. 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 is the result of when nerves are stretched, when scar tissue interferes with signals between the brain and shoulder, or the nerves rupture. These injuries can cause shoulder pain along with a range of other sensations. They are usually the result of a sudden blow but can also happen because of degenerative conditions.
Sometimes, injuries are connected, for example how an untreated rotator cuff tear can lead to arthritis. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our safe, free injury screenings in Sunset Hills, MO may help determine the root of it. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Sunset Hills, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy. For most injuries or conditions that cause shoulder pain, a tailored treatment plan with certified physical therapists that are experts in movement health in Sunset Hills, MO can be a great way to get you back to a pain-free daily life and the active lifestyle you deserve.
Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Sunset Hills, MO
Your personalized and proven physical therapy treatments may include:
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to detect and treat any soft tissue disorders
- Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, based on a plan with come up with alongside 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 physical activity or work while your body heals
- Blood flow restriction training to offer your shoulder a low-intensity exercise with high-intensity benefits
- Trigger point dry needling to target harder-to-reach irritated soft tissue to encourage the body’s natural healing processes
- Posture correction to ensure 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 treatment methods to increase and maintain your mobility
Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 requires a prescription to attend physical therapy appointments, so you need to reach out to your Sunset Hills, MO physician to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our licensed physical and occupational therapists form a team with your primary care physician to make sure your treatment plan is safe for your condition.
Sunset Hills, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy
Optimal movement health is essential to not only carrying out daily tasks with ease, but to doing the things we love. At Axes, we focus on patient results for Sunset Hills, MO people of all ages by implementing evidence-backed treatment plans catered to your injury, pain level, age, and desired activity level. You do not have to delay in getting back to the activities you love and a pain-free life. Make an appointment online or reach out to our location most convenient for you.