West Alton, MO

West Alton, MO

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Shoulder Pain in West Alton, MO. Those who experience shoulder pain know how debilitating it can be. It can make any daily task from pouring a cup of coffee to diving for a softball frustrating and, for certain people, unfeasible. But you do not have to accept pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes PT in West Alton, MO, our experienced physical therapists specialize in tailored treatment modalities, based on evidence, to get you back to optimal movement health. Allow us to safely and effectively treat your shoulder pain. Make an appointment through our website or call our location most convenient for you.

The Human Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in West Alton, MO

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

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is the joint responsible for connecting the upper extremity to the trunk. As the the top of the humerus is 3-4 times larger than the socket, it has the widest range of motion as any other human joint.
  2. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is formed by the junction of the collarbone the acromion, the bony tip on the outer edge of the shoulder blade. A gliding joint, it allows for additional rotation of the shoulder blade.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint formed by the collarbone the sternum at the base of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the body, it links 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 typical joint characteristics. It attaches and allows movement between the shoulder blade and the thoracic cage.

In addition to those four joints, the shoulder is made up of:

  • the four muscles of the rotator cup that surround the head of the upper arm bone, which are responsible for movement and keep the ball of the humerus stable
  • the shoulder capsule, a soft tissue sac that surrounds and protects the joints in the shoulder
  • the ligaments of the shoulder which provide passive stability while still allowing for a wide range of movements
  • the tendons in the biceps and shoulder which affix 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 arteries that supply much-needed blood to the shoulder

Being able to move your shoulder pain free depends on every part of the system being healthy and working together. Sufficient blood must reach to the shoulder efficiently to maintain healthy soft tissue and stimulate the body’s natural recovery processes. The muscles strong enough to move and flexible enough to safely make those movements, 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 you’re experiencing shoulder pain or any other symptoms of a shoulder injury, contact Axes’ physical therapists for a free injury screening.


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What Causes Shoulder Pain?

As the shoulder is complex, shoulder pain can have many root causes, from sports injuries to acute trauma, a work injury from overuse to old age. The following are common causes of shoulder pain that our physical and occupations therapists see in West Alton, 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 inflamed after overuse, often occurs in combination with rotator cuff tendinitis, and can make basic activities like laying down to go to sleep incredibly difficult.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis generally occurs because of a tendon becoming irritated. It typically falls into one of two categories:
    • Acute: The result of trauma, excessive throwing, or other overhead activities needed in some sports and occupations, such as track and field throwing events or lifting boxes overhead.
    • Chronic: This can happen because 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 sudden trauma, such lifting an incredibly heavy object, or more chronic in nature. The tendon is initially frayed before becoming torn. People often live with partial tears obliviously. Full-thickness tears, which pull the tendon off the bone, do not heal by themselves. Symptoms include pain when performing specific movements, pain when lying on the side of the affected shoulder, and a popping feeling when performing specific movements.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement is the result of the rotator cuff and bursae rubbing against your shoulder blade. It often occurs in combination with an injury that causes inflammation in the rotator cuff. Shoulder impingement is rarely caused by overuse, and is most common in athletes or others who engage in physical activity.
  • Shoulder Instability This occurs when the humerus is exits 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 causes or is the result of injury to the supporting soft tissue of the shoulder. Long-term instability will cause shoulder pain and a sense of the shoulder “giving way.”
  • Arthritis While there are at least six kinds of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the condition that typically affects the shoulder. It is the result of the cartilage cushioning the ends of your bones degenerates. It can be the result of tissue weakening as we become older, frequent trauma, and overuse. Arthritis cannot be cured, but you can find effective pain management techniques with West Alton, MO physical and occupational therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The humerus, collarbone, and scapula are the bones in the shoulder most vulnerable to fracture. They are often 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, and the shoulder will experience considerable swelling and contusions.
  • Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries Nerve damage in the shoulder can occur when nerves are impinged on, when scar tissue blocks their electric signals, or the nerves burst. Axillary nerve and brachial plexus injuries can cause shoulder pain, stingers, numbness, and loss of feeling in your shoulder, arm, or hand. They are commonly caused by sudden trauma but can also happen because of wear and tear.

At times, one injury leads to another, for example how an untreated rotator cuff tear can lead to arthritis. If you’re currently suffering from shoulder pain, one of our safe, free injury screenings in West Alton, MO may help determine why you’re experiencing the pain. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in West Alton, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy to discover the cause. For most injuries or conditions that cause shoulder pain, a tailored treatment plan with knowledgeable physical therapists that are experts in movement health in West Alton, MO can be an effective way to get you back to the activities you love.

Treating Your Shoulder Pain in West Alton, MO

Your customized and proven physical therapy treatment plan may include:

Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 states that you need a prescription for physical therapy, so you need to reach out to your West Alton, MO physician to see if physical therapy is rights for your shoulder pain. Our knowledgeable physical and occupational therapists work alongside your primary care physician to make sure your treatment plan fits into your overall treatment plan.

Shoulder Pain West Alton, MO | Injury Rehabilitation | Physical Therapy Near West Alton

West Alton, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A healthy shoulder is imperative 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 West Alton, MO clients by developing evidence-backed treatment plans catered to your injury, pain level, age, and the activities you want to get back to. You do not have to delay in getting back to the things you love doing most and a pain-free life. Request an appointment through our website or call the location most convenient for you.

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Services Offered
  • Physical Therapy
    • Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation
    • Acute Injury Management
    • Chronic Injury Management
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (Astym)
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Video Motion Analysis
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

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Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Nick Weber
Clinic Director, MPT
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Front Office Supervisor
Daniel Scribner
PT, DPT, ATC

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