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Shoulder Tendonitis

Stuart Fossella - Thursday, November 22, 2012 | Comments (0)
Posted 7 years ago
shoulder anatomy showing tendons that can become inflamed causing tendonitis

Shoulder Tendonitis

Tendonitis in the shoulder tends to affect the group of muscles known as the 'rotator cuff'. This is the term for the group of four muscles that lie close to the ball and socket of the shoulder. These act to stabilise the joint.

If someone performs repetitive actions or the tendons are subject to too much strain or force they may become damaged. Injuries are often seen in throwing athletes, swimmers and those playing raquet sports or painters decorators.

If the tendons become damaged, inflamed or worn they are termed to have tendonitis and can cause pain and weakness. Generally this will occur over time.

Have a look at the following link for a 3D image and information about the rotator cuff Healthline

Clinical Signs

  • Patients often complain of catching in the shoulder, usually with overhead activities or in side lying or in dressing.
  • Pain may also be felt further down the outside of the arm towards the elbow.
  • The shoulder may also become stiff after activity.


  • Treatment will involve activity modification to avoid the aggravating actions.
  • Cryotherapy (hot or cold) often eases pain.
  • Taping to encourage correct posture is helpful and eases pain.
  • Exercise to strengthen the weakened shoulder muscles.
  • Mobilisation techniques of stiffened joints is useful. As is a graded return to sport.


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