Villa Ridge, MO

Villa Ridge, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Villa Ridge, MO. Those who suffer from shoulder pain know how debilitating it can be. It can make any basic task from pouring a cup of coffee to playing volleyball frustrating and, in some cases, not even an option. But pain and limited shoulder movement is usually manageable and beatable with safe and effective treatment. At Axes Physical Therapy in Villa Ridge, MO, our experienced physical therapists create customized treatment modalities, proven to work through research, to get you back to optimal movement health. Allow us to safely and effectively treat your shoulder pain. Request an appointment online or reach out to the location nearest you.

How Does the Shoulder Work? | Shoulder Pain in Villa Ridge, MO

The shoulder is one of the human body’s largest and most complex joints. In reality, it is a complex of four joints:

  1. 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 allows for more movement than any other joint.
  2. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the clavicle to the acromion, the part of the shoulder blade that is the highest part of the shoulder. A plane style synovial joint, it allows for additional rotation of the shoulder blade.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint located where the collarbone meets the sternum at the bottom of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the torso, it it ensures your arm and body act in tandem.
  4. The scapulothoracic (ST) “joint” is not a true anatomical 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 allow for movement movement and stabilize and protect the GH joint
  • the shoulder capsule, a tough sheath or membrane that encloses the joints in the shoulder
  • the ligaments of the shoulder which provide passive stability while still allowing for movements in different planes
  • the biceps tendon and rotator cuff tendons which attach muscle to bone
  • the brachial plexus nerves that allow the brain to tell the shoulder and arm to move and the shoulder to tell the brain when it feels pain or other sensory information
  • the blood vessels that pump much-needed blood to the shoulder

In order for the shoulder to function properly every joint, ligament, tendon, muscle, artery, capsule, and nerve must function well. Blood must be allowed to reach the shoulder keep oxygen levels and muscles strong and stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. The muscles must have adequate strength and flexibility, the tendons connecting them to the bones must be intact and strong, 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 of these functions are not being carried out in a healthy way, it can lead to a breakdown of the whole network, and anywhere from nagging to severe 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.


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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 falls, a work injury from repeated activities to our bodies just getting weaker as we get older. The following are common causes of shoulder pain that our team see in Villa Ridge, MO:

  • Bursitis The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that work as a cushion and gliding surface between tissues. Bursitis occurs when the bursae because swollen after overuse, often occurs at the same time as shoulder impingement, and can make daily activities like getting in and out of cars incredibly difficult.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis is typically caused by inflammation or irritation of a tendon. There are two causes of tendinitis:
    • Acute: The result of a sudden blow, excessive throwing, or other overhead activities common in some sports and fields of employment, such as volleyball or lifting and lowering objects.
    • 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 caused by acute injuries, like lifting an incredibly heavy object, or repetitive movements or old age. They usually start with fraying and then tear. People often live with partial tears obliviously. Complete tears, which go all the way through the tendon, often require surgery. Symptoms include pain when performing specific motions, pain when lying on the side of the affected shoulder, and a cracking feeling with certain movements.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement occurs when your acromion (outer edge of your shoulder blade) rubs against the soft tissue in your shoulder. It is often the result of rotator cuff swellings after 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 humerus is allowed to move out of the socket when the capsule or ligaments become damaged, 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 causes or is the result of injury to the surrounding areas of the shoulder. Chronic instability will result in 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. Common causes include tissue weakening as we become older, repeated trauma, and overuse. Arthritis cannot be cured, but you can find effective pain management techniques with Villa Ridge, 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 a significant distance or onto a hard surface or forceful collisions such as being tackles in a football game. The shoulder pain is immediate and obvious, along with considerable swelling and bruising.
  • Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries Nerve damage in the shoulder is the result of when nerves are compressed, when scar tissue interferes with their electric signals, or the nerves rupture. Axillary nerve and brachial plexus injuries can cause shoulder pain along with a range of other sensations. They are commonly caused by high-impact trauma but can also happen because of wear and tear.

At times, one injury leads to another, such as instability that leads to impingement. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our no-obligation, free injury screenings in Villa Ridge, MO may help determine the root of it. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in Villa Ridge, 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 tailored treatment plan with experienced physical therapists and movement health specialists in Villa Ridge, MO can be a great way to get you back to a pain-free daily life and the active lifestyle you deserve.

How Do Villa Ridge, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?

Your tailored and proven physical therapy may include any one or a variety of different treatment plans:

  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to identify soft tissue restrictions, break down scar tissue, and treat the affected area
  • Pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, coordinated together with your doctor, 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 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 target damaged muscles, ligaments, and tendons deeper in the body to encourage the body’s natural healing processes
  • Posture correction to make sure you are not inadvertently causing your shoulder pain or heal improperly
  • Injury prevention so you do not lose your active lifestyle in the future
  • Other safe, effective exercises to increase and maintain your mobility

Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 requires a prescription for physical therapy, so you need to reach out to your Villa Ridge, MO physician to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our knowledgeable physical and occupational therapists are responsible and work closely with your primary care physician to make sure your treatment plan fits into your overall treatment plan.

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Villa Ridge, 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 Villa Ridge, MO residents by creating evidence-backed treatment plans based on 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 find the location nearest you.

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