Tendonitis is simply inflammation of a tendon. In shoulder tendonitis, this usually refers to the tendons in the rotator cuff. Shoulder tendonitis can occur for a variety of reasons, causing pain, shoulder impingement and functional issues. Dr. Steven Struhl at Shoulders & Knees orthopedic clinics is one of the best orthopedic surgeons and shoulder specialists in the country. If you need shoulder tendonitis treatment in NYC or Westchester, NY, visit Dr. Struhl for the best care.
What Causes Shoulder Tendonitis?
Irritation or injury can cause the tendons in the rotator cuff to become inflamed. Inflammation is an autoimmune response to protect the tissue. It can occur whenever tissue is damaged or irritated. There are a few common causes of shoulder tendonitis, including:
- Torn or damaged tendons
- Calcium deposits irritating the rotator cuff tendons
- Repetitive injuries – sport or workplace overuse of shoulder joint
- Bone spurs
When tendonitis occurs in the rotator cuff, the tendons and bursa may rub up against the scapula. This can cause an aching pain, with or without movement. Shoulder impingement symptoms also occur, causing pain when extending the arm up or away from the body. The tendons can be pinched or restricted between the humeral head and scapula as the arm is raised.
Pain Relief for Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
Reducing inflammation can help reduce pain caused by shoulder tendonitis. Injection therapy with steroids, platelet-rich plasma and other agents may be used to offer relief. Physical therapy can also be beneficial for relieving shoulder tendonitis pain. If conservative or non-invasive treatments are ineffective, surgical treatments may be recommended to remove calcium deposits, bone spurs or other causes of chronic tendon inflammation.
If you suffer from shoulder tendonitis and want relief, contact us at Shoulders & Knees orthopedic clinic. We can schedule a consultation with Dr. Struhl to discuss the best shoulder tendonitis treatment options to obtain pain relief.