Washington, MO

Washington, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Washington, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know the limitations it can place on your life. It can make everything from watering the flowers to diving for a softball painful and, sometimes, not even an option. But you do not need to live the rest of your life with pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes Physical Therapy in Washington, MO, our professional physical therapists are experts at developing personalized treatment plans, proven to work through research, to get you back to the activities you love most. Allow us to turn your shoulder pain from a daily occurrence into a thing of the past. Schedule an appointment online or reach out to our location most convenient for you.

The Anatomy of the Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Washington, MO

The shoulder is among human body’s largest and most complex joints. In actuality, what we call the shoulder joint is made up of four different joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is the joint where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into the socket of the glenoid. Given the relatively shallow dish, it has the widest range of motion as any other human 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 helps extend the upper extremity from the trunk.
  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 body, it it ensures your arm and body act in tandem.
  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.

In order to support those four joints, the shoulder consists of:

  • the four muscles of the rotator cup covering the head of the humerus, which allow for movement movement and keep the head of the humerus firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder
  • the shoulder capsule, a soft tissue sac that encloses 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 attach muscle to bone
  • the brachial plexus nerves that send motor messages from the brain to muscles and sensory information (like pain) from the joints back to the brain
  • the blood vessels that pump nutritious 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 flow freely to 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 connecting bones need to help support proper structure, and the nerves need to have a strong and secure connection to the brain. When any of these functions are not being carried out in a healthy way, 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 no-risk, no-obligation injury screening.


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What’s Behind My Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain can be caused by numerous different circumstances, from sports injuries to being struck by an object, a work injury from overuse to our bodies just getting weaker as we get older. The following are the most common underlying conditions that lead to shoulder pain in Washington, 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 at the same time as rotator cuff tendinitis, and can make basic activities like brushing your teeth incredibly difficult.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis generally occurs because of a tendon becoming irritated. There are two types of tendinitis:
    • Acute: The result of trauma, excessive throwing, or other overhead activities common in some competitive and activities and occupations, such as throwing overhead or moving objects overhead.
    • Chronic: The result of wear and tear 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 acute injuries, like falling on an outstretched arm, or repetitive movements or old age. They begin with fraying and ultimately tear. A partial tear often goes unnoticed. Complete tears, which go all the way through the tendon, often require surgery. Symptoms include having difficulty raising your arm or lifting things you normally can, pain when lying on the side of the affected shoulder, and a popping sensation when performing certain movements.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement describes when your acromion (outer edge of your shoulder blade) rubs against the soft tissue in your shoulder. It often occurs alongside an injury that causes inflammation in the rotator cuff. Shoulder impingement is most common in people who play sports or are otherwise active.
  • Shoulder Instability This occurs when the humerus is exits the shoulder socket, and also can be the result of injury or 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. Chronic instability will result in shoulder pain and a sense of the shoulder “giving way.”
  • Arthritis While there are at least six kinds of arthritis, the shoulder most typically suffers from osteoarthritis. It occurs when the cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between your bones breaks down. Common causes include old age, frequent trauma, and overuse. Arthritis cannot be cured, but effective pain management can be found with Washington, MO physical therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The humerus, clavicle, and shoulder blade are the most commonly broken bones in the shoulder. They are often the result of falling from a height or high-impact collisions such as being tackles in a football game. The shoulder pain is usually significant, and the shoulder will experience substantial inflammation and bruising.
  • Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries Nerve damage in the shoulder can occur when nerves are stretched, when scar tissue blocks signals between the brain and shoulder, or the nerves are torn into two pieces. Axillary nerve and brachial plexus injuries can cause shoulder pain, stingers, weakness, and loss of feeling in your shoulder, arm, or hand. They are usually the result of high-impact trauma but can also happen because of overuse.

Sometimes, injuries are connected, for example a fracture that leads to damage to the nerves. If you’re currently suffering from shoulder pain, one of our no-obligation, free injury screenings in Washington, MO may help determine the root of it. To diagnose shoulder pain a physician in Washington, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy. For most injuries or conditions that cause shoulder pain, a personalized treatment plan with knowledgeable physical therapists and movement health specialists in Washington, MO can be an effective way to return to a pain-free daily life and the active lifestyle you deserve.

Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Washington, MO

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

Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 requires a prescription for physical therapy, so you need to reach out to your Washington, MO 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 make sure you are getting the care that fits into your overall treatment plan.

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Washington, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A healthy 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 patient results for our Washington, MO clients by developing proven treatment plans catered to your injury, pain level, age, and how physically active you need to be. Do not wait to get back to the activities you love and a pain-free life. Request an appointment online or call our location most convenient for you.

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