Frank Eichler and his Rotator Cuff Tear

Frank Eichler’s story

“I am 64 years old and haven’t learned anything,” according to Elite Shelbyville’s patient Frank Eichler after his Rotator Cuff Tear Repair.  Last February, Frank was pruning about 110 pear trees on his farm using a chainsaw and a pole saw.  Within a few weeks, Frank’s shoulder became very sore.

When thinking it was time to go see a doctor about his sore shoulder, the Covid-19 restrictions discouraged visiting the doctor unless there was an emergency.  Finally in September, he got an MRI and his doctor confirmed he had a “good size” tear.  Had rotator cuff surgery in early November and started PT shortly after.

Frank’s physical therapy was initially limited to wrist and elbow exercises and passive range of motion only at the shoulder level, to protect the rotator cuff repair. Within weeks, Frank was progressing to active-assisted, meaning an outside force is helping the surgery arm move. Frank is currently working on strengthening his shoulder to pre-surgery levels.

When asked about his therapy at Elite, Mr. Eichler says, “It was GREAT!
I am not a patient person but the Elite PT team made sure to keep me from doing too much at first. Also, the wonderful therapists don’t just follow the same routine. When they hear me struggling with my exercise, they do a reset and try something different.”

Thank you Mr. Eichler for choosing Elite Physical Therapy and letting us help you FEEL BETTER FASTER!

If you are experiencing any kind of shoulder pain or have been diagnosed with a Rotator Cuff Tear, contact us for a free consultation.  To request an appointment, click here, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:

Cool Springs: 615-224-9810
Shelbyville: 931-684-0027
Spring Hill: 931-489-2022

Disclaimer:  The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care.  Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.

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