Shoulder Pain in Wildwood, MO. Those who experience shoulder pain know the limitations it can place on your life. It can make any basic task from brushing your teeth to serving an ace on the tennis court painful and, sometimes, impossible. But pain and limited shoulder movement is usually manageable and beatable with safe and effective treatment. At Axes PT in Wildwood, MO, our experienced physical therapists specialize in personalized treatment modalities, proven to work through research, to get you back to striking out opponents, or just combing your hair pain-free. Allow us to turn your shoulder pain from a daily occurrence into a thing of the past. Request an appointment through our website or find the location nearest you.
The Anatomy of the Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Wildwood, MO
The shoulder is one of the the largest and most intricate joints we have. In truth, it is made up of four independent smaller joints:
- 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 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 scapula. A gliding joint, it allows you to outstretch your arm.
- The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint located where the clavicle meets the breastbone at the bottom of the neck. This joint is where the arm and body meet, it coordinates the movement of the upper limb with the core of your body.
- The scapulothoracic (ST) “joint” is more of a “floating” joint as it does not have ligaments connecting it to bone. It is made up of the shoulder blade 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 that surround the head of the upper arm bone, which allow for movement movement and stabilize and protect the GH joint
- the shoulder capsule, a soft tissue sac that surrounds and protects 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 allow muscles to power the bones
- 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 pump 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. Blood must flow freely to the shoulder maintain healthy soft tissue and repair minor damage. The muscles must have adequate strength and flexibility, the tendons attaching bone and muscle must be intact and strong, the ligaments connecting bones need to be similarly healthy, and the nerves need to have a strong and secure connection to the brain. When any one of the parts of the shoulder is damaged, inflamed, or otherwise irritated, 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 no-risk, no-obligation injury screening.
What’s Behind My Shoulder Pain?
As the shoulder is complex, shoulder pain can have any of a number of 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 team see in Wildwood, 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 swollen after overuse, often occurs in combination with rotator cuff tendinitis, and can make daily activities like laying down for bed tremendously painful.
- Tendinitis — Tendinitis is typically caused by a tendon becoming irritated. There are two causes of tendinitis:
- Acute: This can happen because of trauma, excessive overhead motions, or other overhead activities common in some sports and occupations, such as volleyball or lifting boxes above your head.
- Chronic: This can happen because of degenerative conditions or general weakness as we get weaker.
Symptoms include smarting pain, tenderness, and slight swelling.
- Rotator Cuff Tear — These can also be acute, such falling on an outstretched arm, or repetitive movements or old age. They usually start with fraying and then tear. People often live with partial thickness tears unaware. 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 sleeping, and a clicking sensation with specific movements.
- Shoulder Impingement — Impingement occurs when your acromion (the bony tip of your shoulder blade) rubs against the rotator cuff and bursae. It often occurs in combination with an injury that causes inflammation in the rotator cuff. Shoulder impingement is rarely caused by overuse, but rather by 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 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 is accompanied by injury to the supporting soft tissue of the shoulder. Chronic instability will cause shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
- Arthritis — While there are at least six types of arthritis, the shoulder most typically experiences osteoarthritis. It is the result of the cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between your bones breaks down. It can be the result of tissue weakening as we become older, persistent trauma, and overuse. There is no cure for arthritis, but effective pain management is possible with Wildwood, MO physical therapists.
- Shoulder Fractures — The upper arm bone, clavicle, and scapula 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 being tackles in a football game. The shoulder pain is usually severe, 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 compressed, when scar tissue blocks signals between the brain and shoulder, 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 a sudden blow but can also occur because of wear and tear.
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 Wildwood, MO may help you discover why you’re experiencing the pain. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in Wildwood, MO may use a physical examination, an X-Ray, an MRI, a CT scan, arthrogram, and/or arthroscopy to discover the cause. Most people who experience shoulder pain can find recovery with a tailored treatment plan with certified physical therapists and movement health specialists in Wildwood, MO can be a great way to return to the things you love to do the most.
How Do Wildwood, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?
Your personalized and proven physical therapy may include any one or a variety of different treatment plans:
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to detect and treat any soft tissue disorders
- 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 keep you safe as you participate in physical activity or work while your body heals
- Blood flow restriction training to improve strength while reducing overall stress on the shoulder
- Trigger point dry needling to attack damaged soft tissue deeper in the body to stimulate blood flow
- Posture correction to ensure you do not contribute to your injuries or do not heal correctly
- Injury prevention so you and your shoulder and stay healthy and active
- Other safe, effective techniques to increase and maintain your mobility
Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 dictates that you need a prescription for physical therapy, so it’s necessary to speak to your Wildwood, MO primary care physician to see if physical therapy is safe and an effective treatment option for your shoulder pain. Our licensed physical and occupational therapists work alongside your primary care physician to make sure you are getting the care that is safe for your condition.
Wildwood, 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 positive outcomes for Wildwood, MO people of all ages by implementing evidence-backed 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 reach out to the location most convenient for you.