Valles Mines, MO

Valles Mines, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Valles Mines, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know how debilitating it can be. It makes any daily task from pouring a cup of coffee to making a breakaway layup painful and, sometimes, unfeasible. But pain and limited shoulder movement is usually manageable and beatable with safe and effective treatment. At Axes Physical Therapy in Valles Mines, MO, our experienced physical therapists specialize in customized treatment plans, proven to work through research, to get you back to the activities you love most. Trust in us to make your shoulder pain an ancient memory. Request an appointment through our website or call the location nearest you.

The Anatomy of the Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Valles Mines, MO

The shoulder is one of the the largest and most intricate joints we have. In reality, what we call the shoulder joint is made up of four different joints:

  1. 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.
  2. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the clavicle to the acromion, the bony tip on the outer edge of the scapula. A plane style synovial joint, it allows you to outstretch your arm.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint located where the collarbone meets the sternum at the foundation of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the torso, it coordinates the movement of the upper limb with the core of your body.
  4. 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 attaches and allows movement between the shoulder blade and the part of rib cage at the back of our bodies.

The shoulder is supported and surrounded by:

  • the four muscles of the rotator cup that surround the head of the upper arm bone, which are responsible for movement and stabilize and protect the GH joint
  • the shoulder capsule, a tough sheath or membrane that surrounds and protects the shoulder
  • the ligaments of the shoulder which attach bones together and provide stability for the capsule
  • the tendons in the biceps and shoulder which attach muscle to bone
  • the brachial plexus nerves that allow for the brain and muscles to communicate with each other
  • the arteries that supply nutritious blood to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons

Optimal shoulder and movement health depends on every part of the system being healthy and working together. Sufficient blood must flow to the shoulder efficiently to maintain healthy soft tissue and stimulate the body’s natural recovery processes. The muscles must have adequate strength and flexibility, the tendons connecting them to the bones must be strong, flexible, and free of rips or tears, the ligaments connecting bones need to help maintain structure, 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 you’re experiencing shoulder pain or any other symptoms of a shoulder injury, contact Axes’ physical therapists for a complimentary injury screening.


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What’s Behind My 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 old age. The following are common causes of shoulder pain that our team see in Valles Mines, MO:

  • Bursitis The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that act as shock absorbers and reduce friction in joints. Bursitis the result of the bursae becoming swollen after overuse, often occurs in combination with inflammation of the rotator cuff, and can make basic tasks like getting dressed tremendously painful.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis generally occurs because of a tendon becoming irritated. There are two causes of tendinitis:
    • Acute: The result of trauma, repeated throwing, or other overhead activities common in some sports and fields of employment, such as tennis or moving objects above your head.
    • Chronic: This can happen because of wear and tear or the body becoming weaker as we age.

    Symptoms include smarting pain, tenderness, and slight swelling.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be acute, like lifting an incredibly heavy object, or repetitive movements or old age. The tendon is initially frayed before becoming torn. People often live with partial thickness tears unaware. Full-thickness tears, which pull the tendon off the bone, do not heal by themselves. Associated symptoms are having difficulty raising your arm or lifting things you normally can, pain when sleeping, and a popping sensation when performing certain movements.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement describes when your acromion (outer edge of your scapula) rubs against 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 upper arm bone 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. 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 a sense of the shoulder “giving way.”
  • Arthritis While there are many kinds of arthritis, the shoulder most commonly experiences osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bones. It can be the result of old age, frequent trauma, and overuse. Arthritis cannot be cured, but you can find effective pain management methods with Valles Mines, MO physical therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The upper arm bone, clavicle, and shoulder blade are the most commonly broken bones in the shoulder. They are often the result of falling a significant distance or onto a hard surface or forceful collisions such as a car accident. The shoulder pain is usually severe, 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 blocks signals between the brain and shoulder, or the nerves burst. These injuries can cause shoulder pain along with a range of other sensations. They are commonly caused by sudden trauma but can also happen because of degenerative conditions.

Sometimes, injuries are connected, for example instability that leads to impingement. If you’re currently suffering from shoulder pain, one of our safe, free injury screenings in Valles Mines, MO may help determine the underlying cause. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in Valles Mines, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy to discover the cause. Most people who experience shoulder pain can experience recovery with a customized treatment plan with professional physical therapists and movement health specialists in Valles Mines, MO can be a successful way to get you back to a pain-free daily life and the active lifestyle you deserve.

How Do Valles Mines, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?

Your personalized and evidence-backed physical therapy treatments may include:

  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to detect and treat any problems with your muscles, ligaments, or tendons
  • Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, based on a plan with come up with alongside your surgeon, if your shoulder pain was caused by an injury that needed surgery to correct
  • Kinesio Taping® to reduce pain and inflammation and keep you safe as you participate in physical activity or go back to 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 attack harder-to-reach irritated muscles, ligaments, and tendons to stimulate blood flow
  • Posture correction to ensure you do not contribute to your injuries or heal improperly
  • Injury prevention so you can keep participating in the activities you love
  • Other safe, effective exercises to increase and maintain your mobility

Missouri Law states that you need a prescription to attend physical therapy appointments, so it’s necessary to speak to your Valles Mines, MO primary care physician to see if physical therapy is safe and an effective treatment option for your shoulder pain. Our professional 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.

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Valles Mines, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A well-functioning shoulder is essential to not only living our every day life, but to keeping up the active lifestyles we desire. At Axes, we focus on positive outcomes for Valles Mines, MO people of all ages by creating evidence-backed treatment plans based on 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 through our website or reach out to our location nearest you.

Services Offered

Services Offered
  • Physical Therapy
    • Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation
    • Acute Injury Management
    • Chronic Injury Management
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Advanced Work Rehabilitation
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Vestibular Therapy/Concussion Management
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Angie LeClere
Front Office
Mary McKinney
Front Office
Helen Ziegler
Front Office
Kaila Mikesch
PT, DPT, CMPT
Ryan Knuckles
PT, DPT, Astym Cert., Dry Needling Cert.
Ernie Goddard
Clinic Director, PT
Natalie Carter
PT, DPT, Astym. Cert.
Emma Witte
PTA, ASTYM Cert.

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