Shoulder Pain in Truesdale, MO. Those who suffer from shoulder pain know how debilitating it can be. It can make any daily task from pouring a cup of coffee to playing volleyball frustrating and, for certain people, not even an option. But you do not have to accept pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes Physical Therapy in Truesdale, MO, our licensed physical therapists are experts at developing tailored treatment modalities, backed by proven research, to get you back to optimal movement health. Trust in us to 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 Truesdale, MO
The shoulder is among the largest and most complex joints we have. In reality, it is a multiplex of four joints:
- The glenohumeral (GH) joint is a ball and socket joint responsible for connecting the upper extremity to the trunk. Given the relatively shallow dish, it allows for more movement than any other joint.
- The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the clavicle to the acromion, the bony tip on the outer edge of the shoulder blade. A gliding joint, it allows your shoulder blade to follow the movements of the other shoulder joints.
- The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a plane-style synovial joint located where the clavicle meets the sternum at the base of the neck. This joint is where the arm and body meet, it it ensures your arm and body act in tandem.
- 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.
In addition to those four joints, the shoulder is made up of:
- the four muscles of the rotator cup covering the head of the humerus, which are responsible for 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 joints in the shoulder
- the four shoulder ligaments which help connect bone to bone 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 nutrient-rich 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 flow to the shoulder efficiently to keep oxygen levels and muscles strong 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 be similarly healthy, and the nerves need to have a strong and secure connection to the brain. When any of these parts are not at optimal health, it often causes shoulder pain and movement problems. If if shoulder pain or poor shoulder movement is part of your daily life, reach out to Axes’ physical therapists for a free injury screening.
What Causes Shoulder Pain?
As the shoulder has so many moving parts, shoulder pain can have any of a number of root causes, from sports injuries to a car accident, a work injury from repeated activities to our bodies just getting weaker as we get older. Below are the most common underlying conditions that lead to shoulder pain in Truesdale, 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 inflamed after repeated activities, often occurs in association with irritation of the rotator cuff, and can make basic activities like getting dressed incredibly difficult.
- Tendinitis — Tendinitis generally occurs because of inflammation or irritation of a tendon. It typically falls into one of two categories:
- Acute: This can happen because of trauma, excessive throwing, or other overhead activities common in some sports and fields of employment, such as track and field throwing events or lifting and lowering objects.
- Chronic: The result of degenerative conditions or the body becoming weaker as we age.
The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside the joint.
- Rotator Cuff Tear — These can also be caused by sudden trauma, such falling on an outstretched arm, or more chronic in nature. They begin with fraying and ultimately tear. A partial thickness tear often goes unnoticed. Complete tears, where the tendon is completely detached from the bone, do not heal by themselves. Common symptoms are pain when performing certain motions, pain when sleeping, and a popping 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 because of 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 head of the humerus is forced out of the shoulder socket, and also can happen suddenly or from 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 happens in combination with injury to the surrounding areas of the shoulder. Chronic instability will cause shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
- 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. Common causes include old age, persistent trauma, and overuse. There is no cure for arthritis, but you can find effective pain management methods with Truesdale, 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 being tackles in a football game. The shoulder pain is immediate and obvious, along with substantial inflammation and contusions.
- Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries — Nerve damage in the shoulder can occur 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, stingers, tingling, and loss of feeling in your upper extremities. They are usually the result of high-impact trauma but can also happen because of overuse.
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 Truesdale, MO may help you discover the underlying cause. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in Truesdale, MO may use a physical examination, an X-Ray, an MRI, a CT scan, arthrogram, and/or arthroscopy to discover the cause. For most injuries or conditions that cause shoulder pain, a tailored treatment plan with experienced physical therapists that are experts in movement health in Truesdale, MO can be a great way to return to the things you love to do the most.
Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Truesdale, 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 your shoulder pain was caused by an injury that needed surgery to correct
- Kinesio Taping® to provide support for your shoulder and allow you to 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 harder-to-reach irritated soft tissue to encourage the body’s natural healing processes
- 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 exercises to increase and maintain your mobility
Missouri Law states that you need a prescription to attend physical therapy appointments, so you need to reach out to your Truesdale, MO doctor to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our professional physical and occupational therapists form a team with your primary care physician to ensure your treatment plan fits into your overall treatment plan.
Truesdale, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy
A healthy shoulder 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 Truesdale, MO clients by implementing evidence-backed treatment plans catered to your injury, pain level, age, and desired activity level. Do not wait to get back to the things you love doing most and a pain-free life. Schedule an appointment online or reach out to the location most convenient for you.