Shoulder Tendonitis

What is shoulder tendonitis?

Shoulder tendonitis is an
inflammation of your rotator cuff or biceps tendon. Your rotator cuff consists of the
muscles and tendons in your shoulder. They connect your upper arm bone to your shoulder

Your injury may range from mild to
severe inflammation of most of your rotator cuff. When your rotator cuff tendon gets
inflamed and thickened, it is also called rotator cuff tendonitis. Your rotator cuff
tendon may get trapped under the top bone of your shoulder (acromion). It is formed by a
part of your shoulder blade (the scapula).

What are the symptoms of shoulder tendonitis?

Symptoms may be a bit different for
each person. Symptoms may include:

  • Inability to hold your arm in certain positions
  • Shoulder pain or soreness

The symptoms of shoulder tendonitis
may seem like other conditions or health problems. Always talk with your healthcare
provider for a diagnosis.

How is shoulder tendonitis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will take
a full health history and do a physical exam. You may also need diagnostic tests such

MRI Scan

  • X-ray. Invisible electromagnetic energy beams produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film.
  • MRI. Large magnets and a computer
    make detailed images of organs and structure in your body.
  • Ultrasonography. High-frequency sound waves create an
    image of some part of the inside of your body.

How is shoulder tendonitis treated?

Treatment will depend on your symptoms, age, and general health. It
will also depend on how severe the condition is.

Treatment may include:


  • Rest
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Corticosteroid shot (injection)
  • Surgery (for severe injuries or
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