Ferguson, MO

Ferguson, MO

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Rotator Cuff Tear in Ferguson, MO. A rotator cuff tear not only keep you from the things you love, but can make day-to-day life painful. Our Ferguson, 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.

All of our physical therapy clinics in Ferguson and throughout Missouri are owned and operated by physical therapists who have dedicated themselves to helping people feel pain-free again. Our extensive clinical expertise, evidence-based practices, and background as motion experts equip us to effectively lead you in your rotator cuff injury recovery. Reach out to a 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 nationwide suffer a rotator cuff tear. If you have sustained a rotator cuff tear and want to get back to the activities and sports you love or are only looking for lasting and meaningful pain relief, schedule an appointment with Axes Physical Therapy today. Our Ferguson, 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 set of 4 tendons and muscles that keeps the ball of your humerus (upper arm bone) in your shoulder socket, which is proportionately shallow. On top of helping prevent shoulder dislocations, the rotator cuff lets you raise your arm and lift it over your head. For any physical task needing maneuvering 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. It’s the cooperation between the rotator cuff and the larger, more forceful muscles, as well as the bony anatomy of the shoulder, that permits us the great range of movement in the shoulder. The rotator cuff consists 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 thick triangle-shaped muscle behind the shoulder which aids revolution and extension of the shoulder.
  3. The teres minor is a thin muscle that works in concert with the infraspinatus to rotate your arm to the side and keep the arm in place during rotation.
  4. The subscapularis is a triangle-shaped muscle that is the strongest of the rotator cuff muscles. It allows you to rotate your shoulder inward, as well as straighten and lower your arm.

The rotator cuff is key in basically every kind of shoulder movement. A healthy rotator cuff has equal strength and control in all four muscles in order to adequately rotate, lift, extend, and protect your arm and shoulder. If you have sustained a rotator cuff tear or any other injury, come see the Ferguson, MO occupational and physical therapists at Axes for a free injury screening, so we can design an evidence-based plan to return you to to the activities you love.

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Common Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rotator cuff injuries are either caused by sudden injuries or chronic degeneration. Trauma can transpire when you lift a heavy object or overstretch your arm. Degeneration takes place because of overuse or customary weakening of the muscles and tendons as you age. Whatever type of pain or injury you are feeling in your shoulder, the Ferguson, MO movement health experts at Axes physical are here to shepherd you in your treatment.

There are three principal types of rotator cuff injuries:

  1. Rotator cuff tears are caused by 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 repeating every day motions over time like repeatedly lifting heavy objects. They start with fraying and eventually tear. Many chronic, partial thickness rotator cuff tears are asymptomatic with many people not knowing that 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 often happens to overhead athletes or those who work with their arms overhead. The irritation is often the result of weakness or incorrect technique.
  3. Impingement is caused by a tendon rubbing on a shoulder blade. Often caused by repetitive shoulder activities, injury, or age. Impingement syndrome can be a precursor to chronic rotator cuff irritation and partial tearing.

All three injuries can be treated effectively with conservative treatment such as physical therapy. While individualized physical therapy can reduce symptoms and improve movement, Axes can also help you with pre- and post-surgical rehab if a full-thickness tear required surgery. Our Ferguson, MO team of physical and occupational therapists will make a personalized plan for your rotator cuff tear recovery so that you can get back to swimming, painting your walls, or performing basic daily tasks like brushing your teeth pain-free.

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Rotator Cuff Tear Causes and Risk Factors

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

  • Acute Tears — This sort of rotator cuff tear transpires when you suffer a specific injury. Maybe you attempted to lift something too heavy. Acute tears can also occur with other injuries to the shoulder, such as a broken collarbone or dislocated shoulder.
  • Degenerative Tears — These are also referred to as chronic rotator cuff tears. Some common risk factors are:
    • Repetitive Activities — Repeating the same shoulder movements over time can cause tendons to fray and tear. This can transpire when you play a sport or engage in an activity frequently—including baseball, swimming, or weight lifting — or when your occupation requires you to carry out a specific motion over and over.
    • Lack of Blood Supply — 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 — The acromion, the bony tip on the outer edge of your shoulder blade, is prone to overgrowth . 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 injuries usually acquire them through acute trauma. Ferguson, 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, especially if it occurs slowly over time. Acute tears normally cause instant pain, but other times the symptoms are more subtle. There are some common rotator cuff tear symptoms to look out for:

  • Trouble raising your arm
  • Pain or soreness with specific shoulder movements
  • Pain at night or when resting, especially if you’re lying on the injured shoulder
  • Weakness in your shoulder
  • Hearing or feeling clicking, grating, or popping with specific arm movements
  • Inability to lift things you can usually lift

If you’re experiencing symptoms, delaying treatment with Ferguson, MO physical and occupational therapists could make the injury worse. We will work in concert with your doctor to coordinate a plan for your recovery. Going to 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 recover from – or arthritis, which can lead to chronic pain and injury to your shoulder joint. We have the knowledge and skill to get you safely back to what you do and love best, whether it’s lifting 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 asking yourself what the most effective means of treatment is in Ferguson, MO. Usually, rest, icing, and physical therapy treatment practices such as stretching and strengthening exercises will be adequate to help ameliorate the symptoms, encourage the body’s natural healing process, and eventually get you back to the activities you love. You may also get anti-inflammatory medicine or injections to help decrease 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 implement the best treatment plan for you. We will work alongside you to design an evidence-based, tailored 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 occured because 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 experienced and empathetic physical and occupational therapists who can safely and successfully guide you as you heal. No two rotator cuff tears are exactly the same, and at Axes Physical Therapy we build 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 recover from your rotator cuff tear, and we look forward to seeing you once again able to high-five your clinical team on your way out. Contact us today by selecting the location closest to you or get a free injury screening to take the first step in getting back to the activities you love.

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