Calverton Park, MO

Calverton Park, MO

Allow us to help heal your rotator cuff tear and get you back to the activities you love with a personalized, evidence-based treatment plan.

Rotator Cuff Tear in Calverton Park, MO. A rotator cuff tear can not only make physical pursuits like sports or the physical demands of your occupation tougher, but it can also impede daily activities like brushing your teeth. Our Calverton Park, 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 with healing your rotator cuff injury.

Our locally owned and operated network of physical therapy clinics throughout Calverton Park, MO and Missouri is led by physical and occupational therapists who have committed their lives to assisting individuals like you in the Calverton Park, MO area achieve the mobility and physical wellness you want. Our substantial clinical expertise, evidence-based treatment plans, and background as movement experts allow us to effectively guide you in your rotator cuff injury recovery. Start treatment with a devoted physical therapist at Axes Physical Therapy today. Contact us now or find out more about the location most convenient for you.

A rotator cuff tear can be the result of trauma or overuse over time. More than two million people every year in the United States suffer a rotator cuff tear. If a rotator cuff tear is keeping you from participating in your favorite sport, or just making daily tasks painful, make an appointment with Axes Physical Therapy today. Our Calverton Park, 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 holds the ball of your humerus (upper arm bone) in your shoulder socket, which is proportionately shallow. On top of keeping your shoulder in place, the rotator cuff helps you control the movement of your arm. For any functional activity needing use of your arm, the rotator cuff muscles function alongside other larger muscles in the shoulder and scapular area to elevate or move the upper limb. 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 rotator cuff is made up of:

  1. The supraspinatus is a proportionately small muscle that keeps the humerus in place and is responsible for lifting your arm.
  2. The infraspinatus is a deep triangle-shaped muscle on the back of the shoulder which helps with rotation and extension of the shoulder.
  3. The teres minor is a thin muscle that works in tandem with the infraspinatus to rotate your arm to the side and hold the arm in place during rotation.
  4. The subscapularis is a triangular muscle that is the most powerful of the rotator cuff muscles. It permits you to rotate your shoulder towards your body, as well as straighten and move your arm downward.

The rotator cuff is indispensable in nearly every sort of shoulder movement. A healthy rotator cuff requires balanced strength and control in order to have optimal range of motion. 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 happen when you fall on your shoulder or your arm is stretched too far. Degeneration happens because of overuse or standard weakening of the muscles and tendons with age. Regardless of what sort of pain or injury you are feeling in your shoulder, the Calverton Park, MO rotator cuff experts at Axes physical are here to guide you in your treatment.

There are three principal types of rotator cuff injuries:

  1. Rotator cuff tears are caused because of trauma or can be more chronic in nature. A complete, or full-thickness, rotator cuff tear completely separates the tendon from the bone. Generally, a rotator cuff tear is a partial tear, which damages the tendon but does not totally separate it from the bone. They can the result of trauma, such as falling, but most rotator cuff tears are from overuse or repetitive day-to-day movements over time like pitching. They start with fraying and in time tear. Many chronic, partial thickness rotator cuff tears show no symptoms with many people living with them unknowingly. Some chronic degeneration tears are only noticed after a light injury.
  2. Rotator cuff tendinopathy (tendinitis or tendinosis), is inflammation, irritation or weakening of one of the tendons attaching muscle to the bone. The pain is located in the area surrounding the joint. Teninopathy consistently happens to overhead athletes or those who work with their arms overhead. The irritation is often due to rotator cuff weakness, poor posture, and weakness of the muscles surrounding the shoulder.
  3. Impingement is caused by a tendon rubbing on a shoulder blade. Often caused by repetitive shoulder activities, injury, or age. Impingement syndrome can later lead to chronic rotator cuff irritation and partial tearing.

All three injuries can be treated successfully with conservative treatment like 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 Calverton Park, MO team of physical and occupational therapists will develop a tailored plan for your rotator cuff tear recovery so that you can get back to swimming, painting your walls, or carrying out necessary everyday activities like brushing your teeth with comfort and ease.

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Rotator Cuff Tear Causes and Risk Factors

A rotator cuff tear can be classified as one of the following:

  • Acute Tears — This type of rotator cuff tear transpires when you suffer trauma. Maybe you fell on your overstretched arm. Acute tears can also accompany other injuries to the shoulder, like a broken collarbone or dislocated shoulder.
  • Degenerative Tears — These are also referred to as chronic rotator cuff tears. Associated risk factors include:
    • Repetitive Stress — Repeating the same shoulder movements over time can lead to tendons fraying and tearing. These are common in sports like swimming and baseball, or jobs that require repeated overhead lifting.
    • Lack of Blood Flow — As we age our body supplies less blood to our rotator cuff, making it more difficult for the body to heal small tears, which can lead to larger tears. The rotator cuff is notorious for its poor blood supply.
    • Bone Spurs — The acromion, the bony tip on the outer edge of your shoulder blade, is prone to overgrowth . Over time, the bone can irritate a tendon, resulting in rotator cuff impingement, leading it to fray and tear.

Age is the best-known risk factor for a rotator cuff tear; most rotator cuff tears are caused by the typical wear and tear our bodies are subjected to over time, and are most common in people over the age of 40. Younger people with rotator cuff injuries normally develop them through acute trauma. Calverton Park, MO residents who work in certain occupations, 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 feel a rotator cuff tear, particularly if it occurs slowly over time. Acute tears usually cause instantaneous pain, but other times the symptoms are more subtle. Signs you might have a rotator cuff tear include:

  • Trouble lifting your arm
  • Pain or soreness with certain shoulder movements
  • Pain at night or when resting, particularly if you’re lying on the injured shoulder
  • Weakness in your shoulder
  • Clicking, grating, or popping sensations, especially when associated with specific motions
  • Inability to lift things you can usually lift

If you have any of these symptoms, it’s vital that you get in touch with a medical professional such as the Calverton Park, MO physical and occupational therapists at Axes Physical Therapy. We will work in concert with your physician to coordinate a plan for your treatment. Visiting any of our locations for a free injury screening is an easy, cost-effective method to have your shoulder evaluated. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent a frozen shoulder – which is painful and can take up to three years to wholly heal – or arthritis, which will have to be managed for the rest of your life. We have the expertise and skill to get you safely back to what you do and love best, whether it’s picking up your grandchildren over your head or serving an ace.

Treatments for a Rotator Cuff Tear

If you have been diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear, you may be wondering what the most effective form of treatment is in Calverton Park, MO. Typically, rest, icing, and physical therapy treatment methods such as stretching and strengthening exercises will be adequate to help manage the symptoms, let your rotator cuff heal properly on its own, and eventually get you back to the activities you love. You may also get anti-inflammatory medicine or injections to help manage pain. Fortunately, surgery is only recommended in cases where the tendon is entirely torn or if the tear refuses to heal with more conservative care. The licensed physical therapists at Axes Physical Therapy know how to analyze your condition and determine the best treatment plan for you. We will work alongside you to design an evidence-based, customized 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 wear and tear over time, you won’t be able to fully enjoy your life as you should until you get treatment from expert and caring physical and occupational therapists who can safely and successfully guide you in your recovery. No two rotator cuff tears are exactly the same, and at Axes Physical Therapy we create 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 choosing 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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Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Antoinette Ghoston
Front Office
Brandi Arndt
MPT, CMPT
Laura Jenkins
MS, OTR/L
Brett Shelton
PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, CSMT
John Teepe
Clinic Director, MPT
TJ Jung
PT, DPT

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