Tendonitis of your shoulder is an inflammation of your rotator cuff or biceps tendon. Your rotator cuff consists of the muscles and tendons in your shoulder. They connect your upper arm bone to your shoulder blade.
Your injury may range from mild inflammation to severe inflammation of most of your rotator cuff. When your rotator cuff tendon becomes inflamed and thickened, it is also called rotator cuff tendonitis. Your rotator cuff tendon may get trapped under the roof, or highest point, of your shoulder. This is called your acromion. It is formed by a part of your shoulder blade, called your scapula.
Shoulder tendonitis is usually the result of a tendon being pinched by surrounding structures. Shoulder tendonitis often happens in certain sports that require your arm to move over your head repeatedly. Such sports include baseball, weightlifting, volleyball, racket sports, and certain swimming strokes.
The following are the most common symptoms of shoulder tendonitis. However, you may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
The symptoms of shoulder tendonitis may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always talk with your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
In addition to a complete medical history and physical exam, diagnostic procedures for shoulder tendonitis may include:
Your healthcare provider will discuss with you specific treatment for shoulder tendonitis, based on:
Treatment may include:
If treatment is not started when your pain and discomfort are relatively mild, complications may develop. These may include:
Notify your healthcare provider if:
Tendonitis of your shoulder is an inflammation of your rotator cuff and/or biceps tendon. It usually results from your tendon being pinched by surrounding structures. You can develop shoulder tendonitis from participating in certain sports that require the arm to move over the head repeatedly. These sports may include baseball, weightlifting, volleyball, racket sports, and certain swimming strokes.
Symptoms may include:
Surgery is reserved for severe injuries.
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