Rotator Cuff Tendonitis: Symptoms and Treatments


One of the most common physical complaints is shoulder pain, especially from athletes and middle-aged people. Because the shoulder is made up of many tendons and muscles that allow for a wide range of motion, it is also vulnerable to many issues. The rotator cuff is a frequent source of shoulder pain.

What is a Rotator Cuff?
The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons that controls arm rotation and elevation. Your rotator cuff keeps your arm in your shoulder socket by forming a covering around the head of your arm bone.

What is Rotator Cuff Tendonitis?
Rotator cuff tendonitis occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff become irritated or inflamed. This condition frequently happens to athletes that repeatedly extend their arms over their head, like baseball players, swimmers or tennis players. Those who have jobs that require overhead activities are at risk as well. This could include painters, construction workers or landscapers.

Symptoms
RCT symptoms can include:

  • Minor pain
  • Pain radiating from the front of the shoulder down the arm
  • Sudden pain when lifting or reaching
  • Pain at night
  • Loss of motion or strength
  • Difficulty reaching behind the back

Treatments
Treatment for rotator cuff tendonitis can include simple things like resting and taking over-the-counter, non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications. These activities can reduce pain and swelling associated with rotator cuff tendonitis. Physical therapy is also a treatment option for people suffering from this condition. PT can help you restore normal motion to your shoulder as well as strengthen the muscles and tendons.

If none of these treatment options relieve your pain, surgery is an option. The goal of this surgery is to create more space for the rotator cuff, and the surgeon will do this by removing the inflamed portion of the bursa. Here at Advanced Regenerative Orthopedics (ARO), we combine minimally invasive arthroscopy with regenerative medicine and denervation to return you to your active lifestyle. Contact us today to learn how!