rotator cuff tendinitis

ROTATOR CUFF TENDINITIS

Overview

Rotator cuff tendinitis is a disorder which affects the muscles and the tendons that help to move your shoulder joint. If you are suffering from tendinitis then you have weakened or inflamed tendons. It restricts your daily activities and causes pain and swelling. Many people suffer from this disorder due to heavy shoulder activities or while participating in sports. Athletes are more prone to tendinitis as while playing various sports over time. That is why this condition is also known as swimmer’s shoulder, pitcher shoulder, and tennis shoulder. Many time the cause of this condition is also not known but most of the people have regainED their normal shoulder with the help of rotator cuff tear treatment and that too without much pain.

Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

When not treated on time, the rotator cuff tendinitis symptoms start getting worse.
Consider to see a doctor when you have the following conditions:
  • The front part of the shoulder and the arm have swelling and pain
  • Pain while stretching your shoulder for normal activities
  • You can’t sleep due to pain severity
  • The arm which is affected has loss of mobility and strength
  • Stiffness is seen in the affected arm

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The Causes of Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

The repeated microtrauma to the rotator cuff tendinitis in spite of simple one-off trauma is the most common cause of the rotator cuff tendinitis. The other cause of the rotator cuff tendinitis is repeated impingement due to which the shoulder muscle becomes inflamed and swollen.

Diagnosis of Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

The doctor will first check the area of the shoulder where you feel tenderness and pain. And the doctor finally confirms of rotator cuff tendinitis by certain tests. You may be required to undergo an X-ray if you have a bone spur. To check the inflammation and signs of tearing, MRI and ultrasounds is helpful treatment for rotator cuff tendinitis.

The Rotator Cuff Tendinitis Treatments

The most helpful thing is to treat the tendinitis is to avoid the daily activities and giving your shoulder proper rest. Don’t try to work more than your shoulder ability which can cause heavy pain. Ice packs are another useful thing which makes it easy to heal and recover fast. Other additional rotator cuff tear treatment options include:
  • Physical therapy
    Nothing more is helpful than a physical therapy. The exercises for rotator cuff tendinitis are always proved affected to the patients with nominal pain. By stretching and other passive exercises it is very easy to restore the motion of your shoulder and relief the pain,
  • Steroid Injections
    When the self-care treatments and medicines do not prove helpful than with the suggestion of your doctor you can take steroid injections to get relief from the pain. The injection is given in the tendons to reduce inflammation and pain. The left shoulder rotator cuff tendinitis can also be treated with steroid injections to reduce pain.
  • Surgery
    The treatment for rotator cuff tendinitis also includes surgery. The surgery is successful and give you the full recovery from the tendinitis condition. Through some of the small cuts, various instruments are inserted in your shoulder and the surgery is carried through the arthroscope.

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