Robertsville, MO

Robertsville, MO

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Rotator Cuff Tear in Robertsville, MO. A rotator cuff tear not only keep you from the things you love, but can make day-to-day life debilitating. Our Robertsville, MO team of physical and occupational therapists at Axes Physical Therapy will work to treat your rotator cuff tear with a personalized treatment plan that will safely return you to full strength and mobility – pain free. 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 Robertsville, MO and Missouri is run by physical and occupational therapists who have committed their lives to assisting individuals like you in the Robertsville, MO area achieve the mobility and physical wellness you desire. Our extensive clinical expertise, evidence-based treatment plans, and background as movement experts equip us to effectively shepherd you in your rotator cuff tear recovery. Get in touch with 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 be the result of trauma or overuse over time. More than two million people each year nationwide 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, schedule an appointment with Axes Physical Therapy today. Our Robertsville, 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. Besides helping prevent shoulder dislocations, the rotator cuff allows you to lift and rotate your arm. For any physical activity needing use of your arm, the rotator cuff musculature operate alongside other larger muscles in the shoulder and scapular area to raise 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 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 helps with revolution and extension of the shoulder.
  3. The teres minor is a slender muscle that works together with the infraspinatus to extend your arm outward and keep the arm in place during rotation.
  4. The subscapularis is a triangle-shaped muscle that is the most sizable of the rotator cuff muscles. It allows you to rotate your shoulder inward, as well as straighten and move your arm downward.

The rotator cuff is essential in basically every sort of shoulder movement. A healthy rotator cuff has balanced strength and control in all four muscles in order to adequately rotate, elevate, 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 gradual degeneration. Trauma can occur when you lift a heavy object or your arm is stretched too much. Degeneration transpires because of overuse or normal weakening of the muscles and tendons as you age. No matter what kind of pain or injury you are feeling in your shoulder, the Robertsville, MO rotator cuff experts at Axes physical are here to lead you as you heal.

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

  1. Rotator cuff tears happen 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 be caused by trauma, such as falling, but most rotator cuff tears are from overuse or repeating every 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 just outside the joint. Teninopathy often happens to people who frequently lift their arms overhead, whether in sports or in their occupation. The irritation is often due to rotator cuff weakness, poor posture, and weakness of the muscles bordering 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 be a prelude to chronic rotator cuff irritation and partial tearing.

All three conditions can be treated effectively with conservative treatment like physical therapy. While some complete and partial tears of the rotator cuff may need surgery, a course of individualized physical therapy with an experienced physical therapist can reduce symptoms and ameliorate function significantly. Our Robertsville, MO team of physical and occupational therapists will build a tailored plan for your rotator cuff tear recovery so that you can get back to owning your Robertsville, MO pick-up basketball league, painting your walls, or conducting basic daily tasks like pouring a cup of coffee pain-free.

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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 kind of rotator cuff tear takes place when you sustain a specific injury. Maybe you attempted to lift something you shoulder could not support. They can also be caused by other structural damage, such as a broken collarbone or dislocated shoulder.
  • Degenerative Tears — These are also known as chronic rotator cuff tears. They happen over time and can be the result of several factors:
    • Repetitive Activities — Repeating the same shoulder movements over time can cause tendons to fray and tear. This can take place when you play a sport or engage in an activity frequently—including baseball, swimming, or weight lifting — or when your occupation requires you to perform a certain motion repetitively.
    • Lack of Blood Flow — As we get older our body carries less blood to our rotator cuff, making it harder 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 . After a while, the bone can rub against a tendon, resulting in rotator cuff impingement, causing it to fray and tear.

Getting older is the most recognized risk factor for a rotator cuff tear; most rotator cuff tears are because of the typical wear and tear our bodies are subjected to over time, and are most common in people over 40 years old. Younger people with rotator cuff injuries usually acquire them through acute trauma. Robertsville, 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 feel a rotator cuff tear, especially if it happens slowly over time. Acute tears generally cause instant pain, but sometimes the symptoms are more subtle. There are some common rotator cuff tear symptoms to be aware of:

  • Difficulty lifting your arm
  • Pain or soreness when performing specific shoulder motions
  • 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 movements
  • Inability to lift things you can usually lift

If you’re experiencing symptoms, delaying treatment with Robertsville, 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 an easy, cost-effective method to have 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 totally heal – or arthritis, which will have to be managed for the rest of your life. We have the knowledge and skill to return 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 form of treatment is in Robertsville, MO. Typically, rest, icing, and physical therapy treatment practices such as stretching and strengthening exercises will be enough to help manage the symptoms, let your rotator cuff heal properly on its own, 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 rotator cuff tears with complete tears or if rest and physical therapy have not been successful. The licensed physical therapists at Axes Physical Therapy know how to assess your condition and determine the best treatment plan for you. We will work with you to create an evidence-based, tailored plan to get you back to the activities you love, 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 weakening 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 shepherd you as you heal. No two rotator cuff tears are exactly the same, and at Axes Physical Therapy we create a customized 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 as you leave. 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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