Marthasville, MO

Marthasville, 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 Marthasville, MO. A rotator cuff tear not only keep you from the things you love, but can make day-to-day life painful. Our Marthasville, 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 Marthasville, MO and Missouri is run by physical and occupational therapists who have devoted their lives to helping individuals like you in the Marthasville, MO area achieve the mobility and physical well-being you wish for. Our considerable clinical expertise, proven treatment plans, and background as motion experts equip us to effectively lead you in your rotator cuff tear recovery. Reach out to a physical therapist at Axes Physical Therapy today. Contact us now or discover 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. Over two million people every year nationwide must schedule a visit with a doctor or physical therapist due to rotator cuff tears. If a rotator cuff tear is keeping you from playing your favorite sport, or just making daily tasks difficult, make an appointment with Axes Physical Therapy today. We are the leading physical therapy team in Marthasville, MO, and our licensed physical therapists will implement a bespoke, evidence-based therapy treatment plan to guide you in your recovery from your rotator cuff tear.

The Rotator Cuff | Axes Physical Therapy Marthasville, MO

The rotator cuff is a set of 4 tendons and muscles that holds the top of your humerus (upper arm bone) in your shoulder socket, which is relatively shallow. In addition to keeping your shoulder from falling out of place, the rotator cuff allows you to lift and rotate your arm. For any functional activity necessitating use of your arm, the rotator cuff musculature operate alongside other larger muscles in the shoulder and scapular area to lift or move the upper limb. It’s the collaboration between the rotator cuff and the larger, more powerful muscles, as well as the skeletal anatomy of the shoulder, that enables the large scope of movement in the shoulder. The 4 tendons and muscles in the rotator cuff are:

  1. The supraspinatus is a relatively 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 allows you to rotate and extend your arm.
  3. The teres minor is a slender muscle that works together with the infraspinatus to extend your arm away from your body and keep the arm in place during rotation.
  4. The subscapularis is a triangle-shaped muscle that is the largest of the rotator cuff muscles. It helps you rotate your shoulder inward, as well as straighten and move your arm downward.

Moving your arm or shoulder without a healthy rotator cuff is painful if not impossible. A healthy rotator cuff requires equal strength and control in order to have full 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 sudden injuries or chronic degeneration. Trauma can transpire when you fall on your shoulder or your arm is stretched too much. Degeneration occurs because of overuse or standard weakening of the muscles and tendons as you get older. Whatever sort of pain or injury you are having in your shoulder, the Marthasville, MO movement health experts at Axes physical are here to empower you as you heal.

There are three basic sorts of rotator cuff injuries:

  1. Rotator cuff tears happen because of trauma or can be more chronic in nature. A complete, or full-thickness, rotator cuff tear totally separates the tendon from the bone. Usually, a rotator cuff tear is a partial tear, which hurts the tendon but does not totally separate it from the bone. They can be caused by trauma, such as falling, but most rotator cuff tears are from overuse or repeating day-to-day movements over time like swimming. They start with fraying and after some time tear. Often, people with partial tears do not know they have them. A small injury can regularly reveal a chronic, partial thickness rotator cuff tear.
  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 just outside the joint. Teninopathy consistently happens to people who frequently lift their arms overhead, whether in sports or as part of their job. The irritation is often because of weakness or incorrect posture.
  3. Impingement transpires when the tendon of the rotator cuff becomes “impinged” during certain arm movements. 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 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 Marthasville, MO team of physical and occupational therapists will implement a customized plan for your rotator cuff tear recovery so that you can get back to swimming, painting your walls, or performing necessary everyday tasks 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 categorized as one of the following:

  • Acute Tears — This sort of rotator cuff tear occurs when you experience a blunt force injury. Maybe you attempted to lift something too heavy. They can also be caused by other structural damage, such as a broken collarbone or dislocated shoulder.
  • Degenerative Tears — These can also be called chronic rotator cuff tears. Some common risk factors are:
    • Repetitive Stress — 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—for example baseball, swimming, or weight lifting — or when your occupation requires you to perform a certain motion repetitively.
    • Lack of Blood Flow — As we age our body supplies less blood to our rotator cuff, meaning it is more difficult for the body to heal small tears, which can lead to larger tears. The rotator cuff is infamous for its poor blood supply.
    • Bone Spurs — Bone overgrowth can also occur as we become 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.

Getting older is the most recognized risk factor for a rotator cuff tear; the majority of rotator cuff tears are the result of the general wear and tear our bodies experience over time, and are most common in people over 40 years old. Younger people with rotator cuff tears generally sustain them through acute trauma. Marthasville, 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 exhibit symptoms of a rotator cuff tear, especially if it occurs slowly over time. Acute tears typically cause immediate pain, but sometimes the symptoms are harder to notice. Signs you might have a rotator cuff tear include:

  • Difficulty raising your arm
  • Pain or soreness when carrying out certain shoulder motions
  • Pain at night or when resting, particularly if you’re lying on the affected shoulder
  • Weakness in your shoulder
  • Clicking, grating, or popping sensations, especially when associated with specific motions
  • Inability to lift things you can typically lift

If you have any of these symptoms, it’s essential that you contact a medical professional such as the Marthasville, MO physical and occupational therapists at Axes Physical Therapy. We will work in concert with your physician to coordinate a plan for your treatment. Going to any of our locations for a free injury screening is an easy, cost-effective means of having your shoulder examined. Early evaluation and treatment goes a long way in preventing 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 return you safely back to what you do and love best, whether it’s raising your grandkids 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 uncertain as to what the best means of treatment is in Marthasville, MO. Most of the time, rest, icing, and physical therapy treatment practices such as stretching and strengthening exercises will be adequate to help assuage the symptoms, let your rotator cuff heal properly on its own, and eventually get you back to a pain free life. You may also get anti-inflammatory medicine or injections to help decrease pain. Fortunately, surgery is only recommended in cases with full-thickness tears or if the injury has failed to heal with conservative treatment. 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 with you to develop an evidence-based, customized plan to get you back to what you love doing, free from the pain and 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 degeneration over time, you won’t be able to fully enjoy your life as you should until you get treatment from experienced and compassionate physical and occupational therapists who can safely and successfully lead you as you heal. No two rotator cuff tears are exactly the same, and at Axes Physical Therapy we build a personalized plan for you based on evidence and your individual needs. As your physical therapist, we work hard to help you recover 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 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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Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Brittany Stapp
Front Office Supervisor
Kelsey Kessler
PT, DPT, Astym. Cert.
Buddy Pich
PT, CMPT
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OTR/L, CHT
Mike Faris
Clinic Director, PT, CMPT
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Front Office
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