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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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What Causes Shoulder Tendonitis?

Do you suffer from Shoulder Tendonitis?Shoulder Tendonitis

Most people have never even heard of Shoulder Tendonitis until they are diagnosed with it.

What is Shoulder Tendonitis?

Shoulder tendonitis is the inflammation, irritation and swelling of the tendons of shoulder joint muscles Rotator Cuff and Bicep.

Shoulder Tendonitis is usually caused by the overuse of the shoulder joint. The shoulder joint itself is the most mobile joint in the body and is a ball and socket type.

Ball and Socket shoulder structure

This is a bit technical, but you need to know this if you suffer tendonitis and the “Ball and Socket” analogy generally helps patients understand what is happening with their shoulder. The head of the humerus bone is the “ball” and glenoid of the scapula is “socket”. The size of the glenoid is smaller compared to the head of humerus, hence the contact between these two bones is rather limited.

Because of size variation in ball and socket the bony articulation provides little stability to the shoulder joint and the bulk stability is provided by soft tissues of the joint such as ligaments and tendons. Therefore the effects of overuse of joint are mainly on soft tissues. The rotator cuff muscle provide dynamic stability to the joint which is comprised of four tendons namely supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres major and subscapularis.

Overuse of joint leads to wear and tear of these tendons causing tendonitis. The tendon of bicep muscle is located in the front of shoulder joint and provides anterior stability. When rotator cuff tendons are overworked the strain will be more on bicep tendon to stabilize the joint. This extra strain on bicep tendon due to rotator cuff tendonitis causes inflammation of bicep tendon.

Shoulder tendonitis is usually caused by one or more of the following things:

  • – Frequent use of shoulder joint in throwing motion or frequent of use of the arm in an overhead  position as in tennis or racquet sports, swimming and baseball.
  • – Age factor- Usually occurs after the age of 40 years
  • – Falling on a stretched arm.
  • – Direct blow to the shoulder joint.
  • – Frequent heavy weight lifting especially weight lifters.
  • – Work nature such as overhead assembly work, butchering.
  • – Job where worker uses an overhead pressing machine
  • – Other diseases which weaken shoulder muscles such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, arthritis, psoriasis.
  • – Rarely infection and unusual drug reaction.

Anybody can develop shoulder tendonitis but it is more common in adults over 40 years of age. As age advances the tendons become less elastic and less tolerant to the stress. Shoulder tendonitis is the most common sports injury due to repetitive minor impact on the shoulder joint and sudden serious injuries in the sports. Professional baseball players, swimmers, tennis players and golf players are especially susceptible to shoulder tendonitis. In any sportsperson who has shoulder tendonitis, the primary cause is improper technique, which causes overload on the tissues including tendons leading to tendonitis.

Shoulder tendonitis treatment

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Since the main cause for the shoulder tendonitis is overuse of the joint, the best treatment is prevention. The person needs to avoid or modify the activity that causes the problem. Improper posture, poor technique in sports and work related issues need to be addressed. In general, and especially in sports, shoulder activity should be started slow and then built up gradually. Warm up and stretch shoulder joint before any activity or sports. Stop the activity if any unusual pain occurs in shoulder joint. As with any medical condition, do seek proper medical advice for your sepcific condition.   My general advice for  shoulder tendonitis treatment it that you should strengthen the shoulder joint tendons with shoulder exercises. I have created a complete exercise program to help your recovery that you can order by clicking the link below:

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Do you suffer from Shoulder Tendonitis, Bursitis, or Impingement?

What are Shoulder Tendonitis, Bursitis and Impingement?

Shoulder tendinitis, shoulder bursitis, and impingement are actually all closely linked.

Tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon. In the shoulder, tendinitis usually affects the tendons of the biceps or rotator cuff as a result of pinching from surrounding structures.

When tendinitis affects the rotator cuff, the inflamed tendon may swell and get trapped beneath the acromion, making shoulder movement extremely uncomfortable. This is called shoulder impingement.

Bursitis is inflammation of the bursae. The bursae are fluid-filled sacs found next to tendons or large joints. They are used to make movement easier, inflammation often occurring in conjunction with tendonitis.

To find out more information please click the links below:

Shoulder Tendonitis

Shoulder Bursitis

Shoulder Impingement

Kind Regards,
Tim Allardyce DO MCSP SRP

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Is Shoulder Pain Part of Your Life?

I had an elderly patient in my clinic recently who has suffered neck and shoulder pain for longer than she could remember. Shoulder Pain had just become a part of her life that she accepted and put up with. She is now doing simple shoulder exercises and is well on the road to being free of shoulder pain for the first time in many years.

For most types of shoulder pain, such as frozen shoulder, shoulder tendonitis and rotator cuff tear there are shoulder exercises and home treatments that can cure your shoulder pain.

For more serious shoulder conditions physical therapy and shoulder rehabilitation may be required. Finally in the most serious and persistent cases of shoulder pain shoulder surgery may be required, but the longer you put off getting treatment the worse your condition is likely to get.

So don’t just accept shoulder pain, seek help – don’t suffer.