Shoulder tendonitis occurs when there is inflammation around the rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder joint. The two most common causes of shoulder joint tendonitis are a sports injury where there is low impact repetitive damage to the affected area, or a sudden trauma to the shoulder.
Common symptoms include light pain in the shoulder while at activity and at rest, sudden and sharp pain when lifting or extending your arm, and local swelling. If allowed to progress, you will feel an increase in pain, loss of strength, and a reduction in the shoulder range of motion.
Early stage treatment includes rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and ice and heat treatment. If this is not effective, physical therapy may be introduced into the treatment plan with a focus on range of motion exercises. Steroid injections may also be considered to relieve inflammation in the shoulder. Surgery should be considered after these other methods of treatments are exhausted.
Non-surgical treatments for shoulder tendonitis:
- Epidural Steroid Injection
- Stem Cell Injection Therapy
Surgical treatment for shoulder tendonitis:
Resurfacing Shoulder Replacement Treatment