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Rotator Cuff Tears IN KNOXVILLE

What is a Rotator Cuff Tear?

A rotator cuff tear is a common shoulder injury that affects the muscles and tendons around the shoulder joint. These muscles and tendons form the rotator cuff, which helps you move your arm and shoulder. When one or more of these tendons become torn, it can cause pain and limit your ability to use your shoulder properly.

Overcoming Rotator Cuff Tears

At Shift Performance Physical Therapy in Knoxville, we specialize in assisting former athletes and active individuals in overcoming the challenges posed by rotator cuff tears. Our comprehensive approach goes beyond treating physical pain, recognizing the significant impact these injuries have on your active lifestyle.

Who Is Most at Risk for Rotator Cuff Tears?

  • Adults Over 40: Tendon weakness due to age-related wear and tear.
  • Athletes and Active Individuals: Sports that involve repetitive arm movements increase the risk.
  • Manual Laborers: Occupations with physical exertion can lead to these injuries.

Symptoms and Early Identification

Early identification of a rotator cuff tear is key to effective treatment. Symptoms include persistent shoulder pain, arm weakness, reduced range of motion, and audible shoulder noises.

Understanding the Types of Rotator Cuff Tears

  • Partial Tears: Tendon damage with some level of functionality retained.
  • Complete Tears: Full severance of the tendon from the bone, leading to significant impairment.

Customized Treatment Plans at Shift Performance Physical Therapy include rest, specialized exercises, advanced pain management, holistic healing methods, and continuous support throughout the recovery journey.

Preventive strategies focus on targeted strength training, education on proper techniques, and balanced physical activity to safeguard your shoulders for the long term.

At Shift Performance Physical Therapy, we are committed to empowering you with knowledge and techniques for long-term shoulder health and injury prevention. We offer the latest advancements in sports medicine and physical therapy to provide the best care possible.

Conclusion: A rotator cuff tear is a challenge, but with our expert care and your commitment, you can return to an active, pain-free lifestyle.

Action Steps: If you’re experiencing shoulder pain or suspect a rotator cuff tear, contact Shift Performance Physical Therapy in Knoxville for a professional assessment and a tailored treatment plan. Let’s work together to restore your active, pain-free life.


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