Woodson Terrace, MO

Woodson Terrace, MO

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Shoulder Pain in Woodson Terrace, MO. If you live with shoulder pain, you know the effect it can have on your life. It can make everything from pouring a cup of coffee to serving an ace on the tennis court frustrating and, for some of us, impossible. But pain and limited shoulder movement is usually manageable and beatable with safe and effective treatment. At Axes PT in Woodson Terrace, MO, our professional physical therapists are experts at designing tailored treatment modalities, proven to work through research, to get you back to striking out opponents, or just combing your hair pain-free. Trust in us to make your shoulder pain an ancient memory. Make an appointment through our website or call our location nearest you.

The Human Shoulder | Shoulder Pain in Woodson Terrace, MO

The shoulder is one of the the largest and most complex joints we have. In truth, it is made up of four independent smaller 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 several times larger than the socket, it has the widest range of motion as any other human joint.
  2. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint connects the collarbone to the acromion, the part of the shoulder blade that is the highest part of the shoulder. A plane style synovial joint, it allows you to outstretch your arm.
  3. The sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a gliding joint formed by the clavicle 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 thoracic cage.

The shoulder is supported and surrounded by:

  • 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 upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder
  • the shoulder capsule, a a fluid-filled sac that surrounds and lubricates the shoulder
  • the ligaments of the shoulder which attach bones together and help reinforce the capsule
  • the biceps tendon and rotator cuff tendons which allow muscles to power the bones
  • the brachial plexus nerves that allow for the brain and muscles to communicate with each other
  • 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 be allowed to reach the shoulder maintain healthy soft tissue and stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. The muscles must have adequate strength and flexibility, the tendons connecting them to the bones must be strong, flexible, and free of rips or tears, 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 of these functions are not being carried out in a healthy way, it can lead to a breakdown of the whole complex, and anywhere from nagging to severe shoulder pain or loss of function. 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’s Behind My Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain can be caused by numerous different circumstances, from sports injuries to acute trauma, a work injury from repeated activities to our bodies just getting weaker as we get older. Below are the most common underlying conditions that lead to shoulder pain in Woodson Terrace, 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 in combination with inflammation of the rotator cuff, and can make daily tasks like brushing your teeth exceedingly difficult.
  • Tendinitis Tendinitis generally occurs because of a tendon becoming irritated. It typically falls into one of two categories:
    • Acute: The result of trauma, repeated overhead motions, or other overhead activities needed in some competitive and activities and fields of employment, such as swimming or lifting and lowering objects.
    • Chronic: The result of wear and tear or general weakness as we get weaker.

    Symptoms include a dull ache, tenderness, and mild swelling.

  • Rotator Cuff Tear These can also be acute, such a blow to the shoulder, or wear and tear. The tendon is initially frayed before becoming torn. People often live with partial tears unaware. Full-thickness tears, which pull the tendon off the bone, often require surgery. Associated symptoms are pain when performing specific motions, pain when lying on the side of the affected shoulder, and a clicking sensation with specific motions.
  • Shoulder Impingement Impingement occurs when your acromion (the bony tip of your shoulder blade) pinches the soft tissue in your shoulder. It is often the result of rotator cuff swellings because of an injury. Shoulder impingement is rarely caused by overuse, but rather by physical activity.
  • Shoulder Instability This occurs when the ball of the humerus is forced out of 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 is accompanied by injury to the surrounding areas of the shoulder. Chronic instability will cause shoulder pain and unsteadiness when performing certain motions.
  • Arthritis While arthritis refers to a range of diagnoses, the shoulder most commonly suffers from osteoarthritis. It occurs when the cartilage cushioning the ends of your bones weakens and wears away. Common causes include tissue weakening as we become older, repeated trauma, and wear and tear. Arthritis cannot be cured, but effective pain management is possible with Woodson Terrace, MO physical and occupational therapists.
  • Shoulder Fractures The upper arm bone, collarbone, and scapula are the bones in the shoulder most prone to fracture. They usually happen as 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 intense, 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 impinged on, 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 upper extremities. They are commonly caused by a sudden blow but can also happen because of degenerative conditions.

Sometimes, injuries are intertwined, such as how an untreated rotator cuff tear can lead to arthritis. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, one of our safe, free injury screenings in Woodson Terrace, 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 Woodson Terrace, 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 licensed physical therapists and movement health specialists in Woodson Terrace, MO can be a great way to return to a pain-free daily life and the active lifestyle you deserve.

Treating Your Shoulder Pain in Woodson Terrace, MO

Your customized and evidence-backed physical therapy may include any one or a variety of different treatment plans:

Missouri Law requires a prescription for physical therapy, so it’s important to speak to your Woodson Terrace, MO primary care physician to see if physical therapy is safe and an effective treatment option for your shoulder pain. Our professional physical and occupational therapists are responsible and work closely with your primary care physician to make sure your treatment plan fits into your overall treatment plan.

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Woodson Terrace, MO Shoulder Pain | Axes Physical Therapy

A well-functioning shoulder is important to not only carrying out daily tasks with ease, but to doing the things we love. At Axes, we focus on positive outcomes for Woodson Terrace, MO people of all ages by creating 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. Make an appointment through our website or find the location most convenient for you.

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  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
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Antoinette Ghoston
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