Affton, MO

Affton, MO

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Rotator Cuff Tear in Affton, MO. A rotator cuff tear not only keep you from the things you love, but can make day-to-day life painful. Our Affton, MO team of physical and occupational therapists at Axes Physical Therapy caters each treatment plan specifically to each client, their injury, and their desired activity level. Fill out our online form or schedule an appointment today to get started on your road to recovery.

Our locally owned and operated network of physical therapy clinics throughout Affton, MO and Missouri is run by physical and occupational therapists who have committed their lives to helping individuals like you in the Affton, MO area achieve the mobility and physical wellness you require. Our comprehensive clinical expertise, evidence-based practices, and background as motion experts permit us to successfully lead you in heal your rotator cuff tear. Begin working with a dedicated physical therapist at Axes Physical Therapy today. Contact us now or learn more about the location most convenient for you.

A rotator cuff tear can either be acute — meaning it happens as the result of an injury, such as falling or lifting a heavy object — or can happen gradually because of overuse. More than two million people every year in the United States must visit a doctor or physical therapist because of rotator cuff tears. If a rotator cuff tear is keeping you from playing the sports you once loved playing, or just making daily tasks challenging, make an appointment with Axes Physical Therapy today. Our Affton, MO physical therapy team will have you high-fiving and lifting your arms again sooner than you thought possible.

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The rotator cuff is a group of 4 tendons and muscles that maintains the stability and function between your humerus (upper arm bone) and shoulder. As well as helping prevent shoulder dislocations, the rotator cuff lets you control the movement of your arm. For any physical task needing usage of your arm, the rotator cuff muscles work in concert with other larger muscles in the shoulder and scapular area to elevate or move the upper extremity. The wide range of motion our arms and shoulders have is due to our rotator cuff working in tandem with the surrounding musculoskeletal structure of the shoulder. The 4 tendons and muscles in the rotator cuff are:

  1. The supraspinatus is a proportionately small muscle that stabilizes the head of your humerus and helps you elevate your arm.
  2. The infraspinatus is a deep triangle-shaped muscle behind the shoulder allows you to rotate and extend your arm.
  3. The teres minor is a thin muscle that works alongside the infraspinatus to extend your arm outward and hold the arm in place during rotation.
  4. The subscapularis is a triangle-shaped muscle that is the most powerful of the rotator cuff muscles. It allows you to rotate your shoulder towards your body, as well as straighten and lower your arm.

The rotator cuff is indispensable in nearly every kind of shoulder movement. A healthy rotator cuff has equal strength and control in all four muscles in order to properly rotate, raise, extend, and protect your arm and shoulder. If you’re experiencing pain or limited motion in your shoulder, come see Axes for a free injury screening.

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Common Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rotator cuff injuries are either caused by acute trauma or chronic degeneration. Trauma can take place when you fall on your shoulder or your arm is stretched too much. Degeneration occurs because of overuse or normal weakening of the muscles and tendons as you get older. Whatever kind of pain or injury you are experiencing in your shoulder, the Affton, MO rotator cuff experts at Axes physical are here to empower you as you recover.

There are three principal sorts of rotator cuff injuries:

  1. Rotator cuff tears happen as a result of trauma or can be more chronic in nature. The most common tear is a partial tear, which damages a tendon, while a full-thickness tear completely separates a tendon from the bone. They can be caused by trauma, such as falling, but most rotator cuff tears are from overuse or repetitive day-to-day motions over time like throwing. The tendon is initially frayed before becoming torn. Often, people with partial tears do not know they have them. Some chronic degeneration tears are only noticed after a minor injury.
  2. Rotator cuff tendinopathy (tendinitis or tendinosis), happens when one of the tendons is inflamed or otherwise irritated. Patients typically feel pain in the area surrounding the joint. Teninopathy regularly happens to overhead athletes or those who work with their arms overhead. The irritation is often caused by rotator cuff weakness, improper posture, and weakness of the muscles bordering the shoulder.
  3. Impingement happens when the tendon of the rotator cuff becomes “impinged” during certain arm motions. Typically the result of overhead activities. Impingement syndrome can be a precursor to chronic rotator cuff irritation and partial tearing.

All three conditions can be treated effectively with conservative treatment such as physical therapy. While individualized physical therapy can reduce symptoms and improve function, Axes can also help you with pre- and post-surgical rehab if a full-thickness tear required surgery. Our Affton, MO team of physical and occupational therapists will make a customized plan for your rotator cuff tear recovery so that you can get back to owning your Affton, MO softball league, painting your walls, or performing basic everyday tasks like brushing your teeth with comfort and ease.

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Rotator Cuff Tear Causes and Risk Factors

The two types of rotator cuff tears are:

  • Acute Tears — This sort of rotator cuff tear occurs when you experience a blunt force injury. Maybe you tried to lift something too heavy. Acute tears can also accompany other injuries to the shoulder, like a broken collarbone or dislocated shoulder.
  • Degenerative Tears — These are also known as chronic rotator cuff tears. Associated risk factors include:
    • Repetitive Stress — Repeating the same shoulder movements over time can cause tendons to fray and tear. This can happen when you play a sport or engage in an activity frequently—like baseball, swimming, or weight lifting — or when your work requires you to carry out a certain motion over and over.
    • Lack of Blood Flow — Proper blood flow ensures that minor injuries heal properly. When blood flow is restricted, irritation can gradually turn into a tear. The rotator cuff is notorious for its poor blood supply.
    • Bone Spurs — Bone overgrowth can also happen as we get older, and bone spurs can frequently occur on the underside of the acromion, which serves as the roof of your shoulder . Bone spurs can lead to impingement, which in turn leads to rotator cuff tears.

Most rotator cuff tears happen to people over the age of 40 as a result of the wear and tear our bodies experience as we go through life. Younger people with rotator cuff tears frequently develop them through acute trauma. Affton, MO residents who work in certain jobs, play certain sports, or repeatedly lift heavy things or consistently move their arms overhead are also at higher risk.

Rotator Cuff Tear Symptoms

You may not always have symptoms of a rotator cuff tear, especially if it develops slowly over time. Acute tears usually cause immediate pain, but occasionally the symptoms are more subtle. There are some typical rotator cuff tear symptoms to look out for:

  • Trouble raising your arm
  • Pain or soreness with certain shoulder motions
  • Pain at night or when resting, particularly if you’re lying on the affected shoulder
  • Weakness in your shoulder
  • Hearing or feeling clicking, grating, or popping with specific arm motions
  • Inability to lift things you can normally lift

If you have any of these symptoms, it’s vital that you get in touch with a medical professional such as the Affton, MO physical and occupational therapists at Axes Physical Therapy. We will work in concert with your doctor to come up with a game plan that will safely and successfully get you back to the activities you love. Visiting any of our locations for a free injury screening is an easy, cost-effective method to have your shoulder evaluated. Early examination and treatment goes a long way in preventing a frozen shoulder – which is painful and can take up to three years to entirely heal – or arthritis, which will have to be managed for the rest of your life. We have the expertise and skill to return you safely back to what you do and love best, whether it’s raising your grandchildren over your head or swimming 400 meters.

Treatments for a Rotator Cuff Tear

If you have been diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear, you may be uncertain as to what the best method of treatment is in Affton, MO. Usually, rest, icing, and physical therapy treatment methods such as stretching and strengthening exercises will be sufficient to help manage the symptoms, encourage the body’s natural healing process, and eventually get you back to a pain free life. You may also receive anti-inflammatory medicine or injections to help limit pain. Fortunately, surgery is only recommended in cases where the tendon is entirely torn or if rest and physical therapy have not been successful. The licensed physical therapists at Axes Physical Therapy know how to evaluate your condition and determine the best treatment method for you. We will work alongside you to implement an evidence-based, personalized plan to get you back to what you love doing, pain-free and without the limitations of a rotator cuff tear.

We treat a wide variety of conditions and complaints and have a team of specialists ready to help you. Some of our other services are:

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Whether your rotator cuff tear is the result of an injury or of weakening over time, you won’t be able to entirely enjoy your life as you should until you get treatment from knowledgeable and compassionate physical and occupational therapists who can safely and successfully lead you as you heal. Every rotator cuff tear is unique, and at Axes Physical Therapy we design a tailored plan for you based on evidence and your individual needs. As your physical therapist, we work hard to help you restore your movement health and help you heal from your rotator cuff tear, and we can’t wait to see you once again able to high-five your clinical team on your way out. Contact us today by picking the location nearest you or get a free injury screening to take the first step in getting back to the activities you love.

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Services Offered
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  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

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