Rotator Cuff Injury

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The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles around the shoulder that keeps the upper arm bone in place. It keeps the shoulder joint stable and allows you to raise and rotate your arm.

Damage to the rotator cuff can be caused by overuse, a fall, or a direct blow to the shoulder area, which can tear the tendons. Over time, everyday wear can damage the tendons and make injury more likely.

Treatment can depend upon the amount of damage to the tendons. In a younger person, surgery may be the first choice. But if you are older than 25, you likely have some wear on your rotator cuff. Surgery may not be the most effective treatment. Your doctor may have you try physical therapy and exercise first.

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Doctors

Listed below are Signature Medical Group physicians who diagnose and treat this condition.

Robert P. Bruce, MD

Robert P. Bruce

Overland Park, KS

  • Orthopedics
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Shoulder and Elbow
  • Sports Medicine

J. Clinton Walker, MD

J. Clinton Walker

Overland Park, KS

  • Orthopedics
  • Hand and Wrist
  • Shoulder and Elbow

Thomas S. Samuelson, MD

Thomas S. Samuelson

Overland Park, KS

  • Orthopedics
  • Hip and Knee
  • Shoulder and Elbow
  • Sports Medicine

Christopher W. Palmer, DO

Christopher W. Palmer

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Trauma

Stephen V. Hiatt, MD

Stephen V. Hiatt

Overland Park, KS

  • Orthopedics
  • Hand and Wrist
  • Shoulder and Elbow

Robert H. Sigmund, MD

Robert H. Sigmund

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Sports Medicine

Nathan M. Fisher, DO

Nathan M. Fisher

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Hand and Wrist
  • Shoulder and Elbow

Nathanael S. Olson, DO

Nathanael S. Olson

St. Louis, MO

  • Hand and Wrist
  • Orthopedics

Robert G. Medler, MD

Robert G. Medler

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Shoulder and Elbow
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trauma

Patrick J. Reardon, MD

Patrick J. Reardon

St. Louis, MO

  • Sports Medicine
  • Hip and Knee
  • Orthopedics
  • Shoulder
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Locations

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic
10701 Nall Avenue
Suite 200
Overland Park, KS 66211
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913-381-5225

Signature Orthopedics - Chesterfield

Signature Orthopedics - Chesterfield
121 St. Luke’s Center Drive
Suite 302
Chesterfield, MO 63017
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314-849-0311

Signature Orthopedics - Fenton

Signature Orthopedics - Fenton
1011 Bowles Avenue
Suite 100
Fenton, MO 63026
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314-849-0311

Signature Orthopedics - South County

Signature Orthopedics - South County
12639 Old Tesson Road
Suites 100 and 115
St. Louis, MO 63128
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314-849-0311

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic – Lee’s Summit

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic – Lee’s Summit
3151 NE Carnegie Drive
Suite B
Lee's Summit, MO 64064
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913-381-5225