Winchester, MO

Winchester, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Winchester, MO. Those who experience shoulder pain know how debilitating it can be. It can make everything from brushing your teeth to making a breakaway layup painful 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 PT in Winchester, MO, our experienced physical therapists create customized treatment modalities, proven to work through research, to get you back to optimal movement health. Let us help you safely and effectively treat your shoulder pain. Make an appointment through our website or reach out to the location most convenient for you.

How Does the Shoulder Work? | Shoulder Pain in Winchester, MO

The shoulder is one of the the largest and most intricate joints we have. In actuality, it is made up of four independent smaller joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is a ball and socket joint where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into the socket of the glenoid. As the ball 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 connects the clavicle to the acromion, the bony tip on the outer edge of the scapula. A plane joint, it helps extend the upper extremity from the trunk.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a plane-style synovial joint located where the clavicle meets the sternum at the base of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the torso, it connects the movement of the upper limb with the core of your body.
  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 order to support those four joints, the shoulder is made up of:

  • the four muscles of the rotator cup that surround the head of the humerus, 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 provide passive stability while still allowing for movements in different planes
  • the biceps tendon and rotator cuff tendons which allow muscles to power the bones
  • 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 supply nutrient-rich blood to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons

Proper shoulder strength, flexibility, and movement depends on every part of the system being healthy and working together. Sufficient blood must flow to the shoulder efficiently to keep oxygen levels and muscles strong 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 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 is complex, shoulder pain can have many root causes, from sports injuries to acute trauma, a work injury from repeated activities to our bodies just getting weaker as we get older. Below are common causes of shoulder pain that our physical and occupations therapists see in Winchester, MO:

  • Bursitis The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion bones, tendons, and muscles in and around your joints. Bursitis occurs when the bursae because swollen after overuse, often occurs in association with shoulder impingement, and can make daily tasks like getting in and out of cars immensely painful.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis generally occurs because of a tendon becoming irritated. 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 track and field throwing events or lifting and lowering boxes.
    • Chronic: This can happen because of wear and tear or general weakness as we age.

    Symptoms include aching, tenderness, and slight swelling.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be acute, like falling on an outstretched arm, or more chronic in nature. They usually start with fraying and then tear. People often live with partial thickness tears unknowingly. Full-thickness tears, which go all the way through the tendon, often require surgery. Symptoms include pain with 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) pinches the rotator cuff and bursae. It often occurs in combination with 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 happens when the ball of the upper arm bone is forced out of the shoulder socket, 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 supporting soft tissue of the shoulder. Chronic instability will cause shoulder pain and a sense of the shoulder “giving way.”
  • Arthritis While there are many types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the condition that typically affects the shoulder. It is the result of the cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between your bones weakens and wears away. It can be the result of tissue weakening as we become older, repeated trauma, and wear and tear. Arthritis cannot be cured, but effective pain management is possible with Winchester, MO physical therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The humerus, clavicle, and scapula are the most commonly broken bones in the shoulder. They usually happen as the result of falling from a height or high-impact collisions such as a car accident. The shoulder pain is usually severe, and the shoulder will experience substantial swelling and contusions.
  • Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries Nerve damage in the shoulder can occur when nerves are stretched, when scar tissue blocks their electric signals, or the nerves burst. 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 sudden trauma but can also happen because of wear and tear.

Sometimes, injuries are intertwined, for example instability that leads to impingement. If you’re currently suffering from shoulder pain, one of our no-obligation, free injury screenings in Winchester, MO may help you discover the root of it. If you’ve sustained a severe injury or have severe shoulder pain, a physician in Winchester, 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 relief with a personalized treatment plan with professional physical therapists that specialize in movement health in Winchester, MO can be a great way to return to optimal movement health.

How Do Winchester, MO Physical Therapists Treat Shoulder Pain?

Your customized and proven physical therapy treatments may include:

Missouri Law stipulates that you need a prescription to attend physical therapy appointments, so it’s important to speak to your Winchester, MO primary care 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 ensure your treatment plan is safe for your condition.

Shoulder Pain Winchester, MO | Injury Rehabilitation | Physical Therapy Near Winchester

Winchester, 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 Winchester, MO people of all ages by creating evidence-backed treatment plans based on your injury, pain level, age, and how physically active you need to be. 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 call the location most convenient for you.

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  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
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Front Office Associate
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