Winfield, MO

Winfield, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Winfield, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know the limitations it can place on your life. It can make any daily task from brushing your teeth to playing volleyball painful and, in some cases, unfeasible. But you do not have to accept pain and limited shoulder movement. At Axes PT in Winfield, MO, our licensed physical therapists are experts at creating tailored treatment plans, backed by proven research, to get you back to the activities you love most. Let us help you turn your shoulder pain from a daily occurrence into a thing of the past. Request an appointment online or find the location nearest you.

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

The shoulder is one of the human body’s largest and most complex joints. In reality, what is referred to as the shoulder joint is made up of four different joints:

  1. The glenohumeral (GH) joint is a ball and socket joint where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into a relatively small dish called the glenoid. Given the relatively shallow dish, it is the most mobile joint in the body.
  2. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the collarbone to the acromion, the bony tip on the outer edge of the scapula. A gliding joint, it allows your shoulder blade to follow the movements of the other shoulder joints.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a plane-style synovial joint located where the clavicle meets the breastbone at the bottom of the neck. As the only joint that connects the arm to the torso, it it ensures your arm and body move in tandem.
  4. The scapulothoracic (ST) “joint” is not a true anatomical 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 thoracic cage.

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 upper arm bone, which allow for movement movement and keep the head of the humerus firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder
  • the shoulder capsule, a tough sheath or membrane that encloses the shoulder
  • the ligaments of the shoulder which provide passive stability while still allowing for movements in different planes
  • 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 blood vessels that pump much-needed blood to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons

In order for the shoulder to function properly the entire complex system must be able to work together. Blood must flow freely to 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 attaching bone and muscle must be intact and strong, the ligaments connecting bones need to help maintain 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 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?

Shoulder pain can be caused by numerous different circumstances, from sports injuries to falls, a work injury from overuse to old age. Below are the most common underlying conditions that lead to shoulder pain in Winfield, MO:

  • Bursitis The bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that work as a cushion and gliding surface between tissues. Bursitis the result of the bursae becoming swollen after overuse, often occurs in combination with rotator cuff tendinitis, and can make basic activities like brushing your teeth tremendously painful.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis generally occurs because of inflammation or irritation of a tendon. It typically falls into one of two categories:
    • Acute: The result of trauma, repeated throwing, or other overhead activities common in some sports and fields of employment, such as throwing overhead or moving objects overhead.
    • Chronic: The result of degenerative conditions or general weakness as we get weaker.

    Symptoms include a dull ache, throbbing, and slight swelling.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be caused by acute injuries, such lifting an incredibly heavy object, or more chronic in nature. They usually start with fraying and then tear. People often live with partial tears obliviously. Full-thickness tears, where the tendon is no longer attached whatsoever to the bone, do not heal by themselves. Associated symptoms are pain when performing specific movements, pain when sleeping, and a clicking feeling when performing specific movements.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement describes when your acromion (the bony tip of your scapula) rubs against the rotator cuff and bursae. It is often the result of rotator cuff swellings after an injury. Shoulder impingement occurs the most in people who play sports or are otherwise active.
  • Shoulder Instability This occurs when the humerus is allowed to move out of the socket when the capsule or ligaments become stretched, torn, or detached, 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 a sense of the shoulder “giving way.”
  • Arthritis While arthritis refers to a range of diagnoses, the shoulder most typically experiences osteoarthritis. It occurs when the cartilage cushioning the ends of your bones weakens and wears away. It can be the result of tissue weakening as we become older, frequent trauma, and overuse. There is no cure for arthritis, but effective pain management is possible with Winfield, MO physical and occupational therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The upper arm bone, collarbone, and shoulder blade are the bones in the shoulder most prone to breaking. They usually happen as 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 swelling and bruising.
  • Axillary Nerve Injuries or Brachial Plexus Injuries Nerve damage in the shoulder can occur when nerves are stretched, when scar tissue blocks communication 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 upper extremities. They are commonly caused by high-impact trauma but can also occur because of overuse.

Sometimes, injuries are intertwined, 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 Winfield, 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 Winfield, MO may use a physical examination, various imaging techniques, and/or arthroscopy to discover the cause. Most people who experience shoulder pain can find recovery with a tailored treatment plan with experienced physical therapists and movement health specialists in Winfield, MO can be an effective way to get you back to the activities you love.

Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Winfield, MO

Your customized and proven physical therapy treatments may include:

Missouri Revised Statute §334.506 requires a prescription to attend physical therapy appointments, so you need to reach out to your Winfield, 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 are responsible and work closely with your primary care physician to ensure you are getting the care that is safe for your condition.

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Winfield, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A well-functioning 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 Winfield, MO clients by creating proven treatment plans based on 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. Schedule an appointment online or reach out to our location most convenient for you.

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