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What is shoulder tendonitis?

Shoulder tendonitis is a common cause of shoulder pain and stiffness. When the rotator cuff — the muscles that keep the shoulder stable, and the bicep tendon become inflamed and irritated, you experience shoulder pain and stiffness. This is known as shoulder tendonitis. It indicates an inflammation injury to a particular area within the shoulder joint.

Possible Causes: 

When tendons surrounding the joint of the shoulder start weakening with age or overuse, it is called shoulder tendonitis or tenosynovitis. It starts hurting gradually and the pain is due to repeated use which may happen with athletes. Even picking up weight which is beyond your capacity causes a strain on your tendon. Poor posture is another cause for this condition.

Risk Factors: 

Risk factors for developing tendonitis include age, performing jobs and sports with excess overhead activities:

  • Age: your tendons become less flexible as you age.
  • Particular jobs: some jobs that involve physical work like repetitive motions, awkward bends, frequently reaching up and picking up heavy loads commonly cause shoulder tendonitis.
  • Sports: using an incorrect technique as well as repetitive movements while playing sports like baseball, basketball, bowling, golf, running, swimming or tennis.

Signs & Symptoms: 

Signs and symptoms of tendonitis arise at the point where the tendon is attached to the bone. These are:

  • A dull ache is felt, especially when moving the shoulder. Pain becomes worse after a period of rest and may even happens after and not during the exercise.
  • Tenderness and some swelling.
  • Every movement may create a creaking feeling known as crepitus in the tendon.


When you visit Medcare, your shoulder tendonitis will be diagnosed based on your symptoms and a physical examination. The specialist may recommend X-rays or other imaging tests such as an ultrasound test in order to rule out other conditions that may have similar signs and symptoms. Usually MRI is needed for final diagnosis.

Treatment Options: 

Schedule a consultation at the Sports Medicine Centre of Medcare to know the best shoulder tendonitis treatment for you. The specialist may recommend any of the following:

  • Pain killers, anti-inflammatories, rest and modification of activities.
  • Physiotherapy including sports massage techniques to relax the associated muscles, Electro therapy, and minimally-invasive surgical procedures such as dry needling and ultrasonic treatment.
  • Local steroid injection.
  • Sometimes arthroscopic surgery is needed to decompress the inflamed tendons.
FAQs:الأسئلة الشائعة:
  • What is shoulder tendinitis?

    A: Tendonitis or tendinitis occurs when shoulder tendons get injured due to repetitive activity, or overuse of the shoulder. This is usually due to poor posture and increased pressure on the shoulder muscle.

  • Are there any home remedies to treat this shoulder tendonitis?

    A: You can start with some home remedies such as taking rest from aggravating or triggering activities, apply an ice pack to ease the pain and swelling, and take over-the-counter pain killers. However, do visit Medcare and meet a specialist if the symptoms persist.

  • How is electrotherapy used to treat tendonitis?

    A: Electrotherapy involves using electrical impulses to repair tissue, stimulate muscles, improve muscle strength and decrease pain sensitivity. There are many different forms of electrotherapy – ultrasound, interferential therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and laser therapy. The effects of electrotherapy include pain reduction, increased strength, better range of movement, speed and strength of muscle contraction.