What Is Shoulder Tendonitis?

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Shoulder tendonitis is a painful condition where there is inflammation of the rotator cuff or biceps tendon. Knowing what causes it, how it can be treated, and what you can do to prevent shoulder tendonitis can help you stay healthy and comfortable.

What causes shoulder tendonitis?

Shoulder tendonitis is caused by repeated use of the affected area, or it can be caused by a sudden jarring impact. Participating in organized sports, like baseball, swimming, tennis and golfing, is sometimes a cause for shoulder tendonitis because of the physical repetition involved. Often shoulder tendonitis results from improper technique.

What are the symptoms of shoulder tendonitis?

Symptoms of shoulder tendonitis include pain or tenderness in the affected area. The patient may also become unable to assume certain positions or hold their arm in a certain way. Other symptoms include:

  • A clicking sound that occurs when the arm is raised.
  • Inability to sleep because of the pain.
  • Loss of strength in the arm.
  • Lack of mobility in the affected area.

Since this condition closely resembles some other types of injuries, the best way to diagnose shoulder tendonitis is to see a shoulder surgeon.

Who usually gets shoulder tendonitis?

Many people assume that shoulder tendonitis is only experienced by professional athletes, however, this is not the case. Athletes of all kinds, including junior and amateur athletes, can experience shoulder tendonitis. In addition, people with certain professions (such as painters and some assembly-line workers) may also get shoulder tendonitis.

What can be done to treat shoulder tendonitis?

For normal cases, shoulder tendonitis is treated with rest and a cold pack. Medicines that reduce inflammation may be used to lessen the severity and reduce pain. Working with a physical therapist may be necessary to preserve strength and mobility while the area is healing. In severe cases, a shoulder surgeon may need to operate in the affected area.

How can you prevent shoulder tendonitis?

If you're an athlete, work with a trainer to ensure proper technique. A trainer can show you how to go about your normal activity without injuring yourself. If your tendonitis comes from repetition at the workplace, work with your company's safety officer or nurse to avoid problems. If your workplace has no safety officer, talk to your physician.

For more information, or if you believe that you may have shoulder tendonitis, contact your physician right away. He or she can answer your questions and address your concerns.  


14 March 2016