In the shoulder there is a group of four tendons that function to stabilize the shoulder joint. By attaching to a muscle, movement of the shoulder in different directions becomes possible. This group of tendons and muscles are commonly known as the rotator cuff. Most often, if you are experiencing shoulder pain, it is likely related to an injury to the rotator cuff. Rotator cuff tendinitis is the inflammation of the shoulder joint tendons which can cause pain, swelling, and weakness of the shoulder and arm.

What Are The Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tendinitis?

Pain in the shoulder is the largest indicator of rotator cuff tendinitis. Typically the pain is most noticeable at the tip of the shoulder and also the upper arm on the outer side. Any reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting, or the rising of the arm above the shoulder can increase and intensify the pain. Also lying on the side of the affected shoulder can be very painful. Weakness combined with the pain can make tasks like dressing or combing your hair very difficult. Also, the pain can affect quality sleep. This is especially true if a person sleeps on or rolls onto the shoulder and can wake a person when this occurs. In some cases, a clicking sound can be heard when you lift your arm above or behind your head. Swelling can occur and many experience stiffness.

What Causes Rotator Cuff Tendinitis?

Rotator cuff tendinitis is usually caused by repeated trauma to the shoulder and is rarely caused by one specific injury. One of the most common causes is simply overuse of the shoulder during repeated activity. It is a common injury for athletes such as pitchers, tennis players, or swimmers. And it is also very common for those whose work requires a great deal of overhead lifting. Keeping the arm in a set position for a long period of time can also cause the condition. In some cases, rotator cuff tendinitis can appear without a reasonable cause as well.

Treating Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

It is important that if you are experiencing the symptoms of rotator cuff tendinitis, that you visit a professional chiropractic care center for treatment. Most people fully recover and regain the full function of the shoulder with proper therapy. By examining your shoulder, discussing your activities, and checking your range of motion, a chiropractor can diagnose the condition and provide a customized treatment program to eliminate the pain and regain function as soon as possible. Without treatment, rotator cuff tendinitis can worsen and lead to more serious shoulder and tendon issues.

Treatment typically will involve avoiding the activities that may be causing the pain. Cold packs applied to the shoulder throughout the day can also be helpful. Additionally, over the counter anti-inflammatory medications can be used to help dull the pain if needed. In some cases, physical therapy may be needed and for serious cases surgery may be required. Typically surgery is only needed when there are additional shoulder issues present.

Accelerate Chiropractic can help!

Accelerate Chiropractic knows the symptoms of rotator cuff tendinitis. Our specialists are fully equipped to provide you with treatment to eliminate or improve the condition as soon as possible. Dr. Dave Yancey and Dr. Erika Yancey are passionate about providing treatment that allows you to continue your lifestyle in full and resolve your rotator cuff tendinitis symptoms. Learn about our experience and contact us today to schedule your personalized consultation. It’s time to reclaim the freedom that comes with mobility and comfort through Accelerate Chiropractic’s care.
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