Tendonitis in Shoulders

What Causes Shoulder Tendonitis?

Shoulder tendonitis

The shoulder injury known as shoulder tendonitis occurs when there is an inflammation, irritation and swelling around the rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder joint.

If you suspect that you have shoulder tendonitis you need to see a doctor to have your shoulder x-rayed.

Shoulder tendonitis is a condition that affects both men and women of all ages but is known to be more common to people over the age of 40. Shoulder tendonitis can be very painful even just from a simple movement of the shoulder.

Shoulder Tendonitis Symptoms

Some of the symptoms of tendonitis  include pain with doing activities like raising your arm, or experiencing pain while sleeping on the injured side, weakness of the muscles and cracking sounds when you try to move the arm.

 Shoulder Tendonitis Main Causes

There are many reasons why shoulder injuries are likely to occur, and the most common one is overuse or repetitive strain on the tendon. Tendonitis may also involve the elbow, hand and bicep.

Tendonitis is often felt by individuals who are either sports professionals like golfers, swimmers and baseball players or individuals like factory workers whose work involves repetitive movements of the arms.

Shoulder injuries may also be caused by putting the shoulder under too much strain. This type of shoulder injury is common with body builders and athletes especially at the beginning of the training. It’s very important to use correct training techniques while exercising because carelessness may cause a life time injury to the shoulder.

Shoulder Tendonitis and Age

The age factor plays a big role in causes of shoulder injuries and tendonitis, as you get older the shoulder loses its flexibility and elasticity while the tendons get harder.

Other Causes of Shoulder Tendonitis

Anatomy is also another rare cause of shoulder injuries. Some people are born with a hooked acromion that often causes them to get tendonitis. Sometimes the tendon does not have a smooth surface for its movement making it inflamed and easily irritated, this may be treated by surgery.

Thermal injury may also be a cause of tendonitis, it is often experienced by individuals who are mountain climbers, rock climbers and hikers.

Patients with underlying conditions that weaken shoulder muscles like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and gout are more prone to shoulder injuries. A direct blow to the shoulder or falling on their arms may cause tendonitis.

Shoulder Tendonitis Diagnosis

Shoulder tendonitis is diagnosed by a physical examination and an x-ray. An x-ray is very useful in diagnosing shoulder injuries because it will show if a bone spur is compressing the tendon. An MRI may also be conducted to check if a rotator cuff is torn.

Shoulder Tendonitis Treatment

Most shoulder injuries do not require surgery. They can be treated with medication and physical therapy and controlled with rest and refraining from activities that caused the injury in the first place. Mostly tendonitis goes away over time but if the problem persists then other options may include surgery. Usually minimal invasive shoulder surgery is conducted by an orthopaedic surgeon and the recovery time is usual fast.

 

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Shoulder Tendonitis Prevention

A strong shoulder is the best defence against tendonitis, light weight shoulder exercises can be performed daily to help build extra strength. Other simple measures may include relaxation techniques like yoga. Most importantly, avoid overuse of your arms, especially with activities where lifting your hands above your shoulders is required.

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Always check with your doctor first, but generally exercising your shoulder  regularly will give you good relief from shoulder pain. Never repeat an exercise if you feel that it aggravates your pain. Stop the exercise immediately if it hurts.

Kind Regards,
Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP

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