What is Shoulder Tendonitis?

Shoulder tendonitis is the inflammation, irritation and swelling of the tendons in the rotator cuff and bicep.

Shoulder tendonitis is usually caused by the pinching of the nerve in the shoulder or from repetitive strain (RS) on the shoulder joint.

This particular type of tendonitis is common amongst sports and activities that require the hand to be moved above the head. These activities include weight llifting and bodybuilding, swimming, rock climbing, swimming and baseball.

Shoulder tendonitis often starts as just a slight pain in the shoulder or upper bicep but can develop into a pain that will encompass the entire shoulder/upper arm area. It’s a condition that can be easily treated but in serious cases may become permanent.

Shoulder Tendonitis

Shoulder Tendonitis

What is the symptoms of Shoulder Tendonitis?

  • a slight pain in the shoulder/upper bicep area when you move your arm up and down
  • pain may only occur when the shoulder is under pressure but may still occur at anytime of the day or night
  • shoulder will often feel tender
  • some swelling for severe cases

What are the causes of Shoulder Tendonitis?

Shoulder tendonitis/bursitis typically results from one or more of these factors:

  • Age: 40 and over
  • Frequent use of the arm in an overhead position or throwing motion, as in:
    • tennis or other racquet sports
    • swimming
    • baseball
  • Jobs such as overhead assembly work, butchering, or using an overhead pressing machine, heavy lifting
  • Direct blow to the shoulder area or falling on an outstretched arm
  • Other diseases or conditions that weaken shoulder muscles, such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriasis, or an unusual drug reaction
  • Infection (rare)

What are the treatments for Shoulder Tendonitis?

  • Rest, splints, heat and cold application
  • Oral Medications: Pain relief and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Anti-inflammatory injections:¬†Corticosteroid injections
  • Physiotherapy
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Surgery, if you are not responding to other treatments.

How can Shoulder Tendonitis be prevented?

Because most cases of tendonitis are caused by overuse, the best treatment is prevention. It is important to avoid or modify the activities that cause the problem. Underlying conditions such as improper posture or poor technique in sports or work must be corrected.

Apply these basic rules when performing activities:

  • Take it slow at first and gradually build up your activity level.
  • Use limited force and limited repetitions.
  • Stop if unusual pain occurs.

NOTE:¬†See Dr Kevin Yip immediately if you experience pain that interferes with your normal day-to-day activities, have soreness that doesn’t improve despite self-care measures. Call us now at (65) 6476 2106.