What is Shoulder Tendonitis?
Tendonitis of the shoulder is an inflammation of the rotator cuff and/or biceps tendon. It is usually the result of a tendon being pinched by surrounding structures. Shoulder tendonitis often occurs in people who play certain sports that require the arm to move over the head repeatedly, such as:
- Weight lifting
- Racket sports
- Certain swimming strokes
Shoulder Tendonitis Symptoms
The symptoms of shoulder tendonitis may resemble other conditions or medical problems. It is important to consult an orthopaedic specialist for a diagnosis.
Each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
- Inability to hold arm in certain positions
- Pain or tenderness in the shoulder
Shoulder Tendonitis Diagnosis
In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for shoulder tendonitis may include an X-ray. Learn more about X-ray.
Shoulder Tendonitis Treatment
Your doctor will determine the best way to treat your shoulder tendonitis. This may include both surgical and non-surgical options, such as:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Strengthening exercises
- Ultrasound therapy
- Corticosteroid injection
- Surgery (for severe injuries)