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.
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 for developing tendonitis include age, performing jobs and sports with excess overhead activities:
Signs & Symptoms:
Signs and symptoms of tendonitis arise at the point where the tendon is attached to the bone. These are:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.