Park Hills, MO

Park Hills, 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 Park Hills, MO. A rotator cuff tear not only keep you from the things you love, but can make day-to-day life debilitating. Our Park Hills, 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.

All of our physical therapy clinics in Park Hills 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 movement experts allow us to effectively shepherd you in heal your rotator cuff injury. Get in touch with a 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 each year in the United States suffer a rotator cuff tear. If a rotator cuff tear is keeping you from playing your favorite sport, or just making daily tasks difficult, schedule an appointment with Axes Physical Therapy today. We are the leading physical therapy team in Park Hills, MO, and our licensed physical therapists will make a tailored, evidence-based therapy treatment plan to guide you in your recovery from your rotator cuff tear.

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The rotator cuff is a set of 4 tendons and muscles that maintains the stability and function between your humerus (upper arm bone) and shoulder. Besides keeping your humerus in place, the rotator cuff permits you to control the movement of your arm. For any physical activity needing usage of your arm, the rotator cuff musculature operate together with other larger muscles in the shoulder and scapular area to lift 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 4 tendons and muscles in the rotator cuff are:

  1. The supraspinatus is a proportionately small muscle that holds in place the head of your humerus and allows you to raise your arm.
  2. The infraspinatus is a thick triangle-shaped muscle behind the shoulder which helps with rotation and extension of the shoulder.
  3. The teres minor is a slender muscle that works together with the infraspinatus to rotate your arm to the side 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 permits you to rotate your shoulder inward, 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 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 acute trauma or chronic degeneration. Trauma can transpire when you fall on your shoulder or overstretch your arm. Degeneration occurs owing to overuse or standard weakening of the muscles and tendons with age. No matter what type of pain or injury you are having in your shoulder, the Park Hills, MO movement health experts at Axes physical are here to guide you in your recovery.

Rotator cuff injuries fall into 1 of the 3 categories below:

  1. Rotator cuff tears take place because 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 happen because of trauma, such as falling, but most rotator cuff tears are from overuse or repeating every day motions over time like swimming. They begin with fraying and ultimately tear. Many chronic, partial thickness rotator cuff tears are asymptomatic with many people living with them unknowingly. A small injury can often 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 regularly happens to people who frequently lift their arms overhead, whether in sports or in their occupation. The irritation is often caused by weakness or incorrect technique.
  3. Impingement happens when the tendon of the rotator cuff becomes “impinged” during certain arm motions. Often caused by repetitive shoulder activities, injury, or age. Impingement syndrome can later lead to chronic rotator cuff irritation and partial tearing.

All three conditions 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 Park Hills, MO team of physical and occupational therapists will create a customized plan for your rotator cuff tear recovery so that you can get back to owning your Park Hills, MO pick-up basketball league, painting your walls, or performing necessary everyday activities like pouring a cup of coffee 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 kind of rotator cuff tear transpires when you sustain a blunt force injury. Maybe you fell on your overstretched arm. 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. They happen over time and can be the result of several factors:
    • Repetitive Stress — Repeating the same shoulder motions over time can lead to tendons fraying and tearing. This can take place when you play a sport or engage in an activity frequently—including baseball, swimming, or weight lifting — or when your job requires you to perform a certain motion repetitively.
    • Lack of Blood Flow — As we age our body carries less blood to our rotator cuff, making it more difficult for the body to heal small tears, which can result in larger tears. The rotator cuff is infamous for its poor blood supply.
    • Bone Spurs — Bone overgrowth can also occur as we age, and bone spurs can frequently occur on the underside of the acromion, which acts 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. Sports and jobs that require heavy lifting are the most common causes for Park Hills, MO young people.

Rotator Cuff Tear Symptoms

You may not always feel a rotator cuff tear, particularly if it occurs slowly over time. Acute tears generally cause instant pain, but other times the symptoms are harder to notice. Signs you might have a rotator cuff tear include:

  • Difficulty lifting your arm
  • Pain or soreness with certain shoulder movements
  • Pain at night or when resting, especially 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 usually lift

If you’re experiencing symptoms, delaying treatment with Park Hills, MO physical and occupational therapists could make the injury worse. We will work in tandem with your physician to coordinate a plan for your treatment. Visiting any of our locations for a free injury screening is a simple, cost-effective means of having your shoulder analyzed. Early diagnosis and treatment goes a long way in preventing a frozen shoulder – which is painful and can take up to three years to totally 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 picking up 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 method of treatment is in Park Hills, MO. Typically, rest, icing, and physical therapy treatment methods such as stretching and strengthening exercises will be enough to help manage the symptoms, let your rotator cuff heal properly by itself, and eventually get you back to the activities you love. If the pain is severely debilitating, a physician make recommend anti-inflammatory medicine or injections. Luckily, surgery is only recommended in cases where the tendon is totally torn or if rest and physical therapy have not been successful. 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 make 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 happened because of an injury or of wear and tear over time, you won’t be able to entirely enjoy your life as you should until you get treatment from knowledgeable and empathetic physical and occupational therapists who can safely and successfully lead you in your recovery. 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 can’t wait to see 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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Services Offered
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    • Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation
    • Acute Injury Management
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  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
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  • Sports Physical Therapy
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  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
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  • Vestibular Therapy and Post-Concussion Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

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Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Angie LeClere
Front Office
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Front Office
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Front Office
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Front Office Supervisor
Dena Rose
PT, CMPT
Eric Meyer
PT, DPT, CMPT
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