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Shoulder Tendonitis Treatment

Shoulder tendonitis is an inflammation injury to the tendons—fibrous connective tissue that attach to muscle and bone—of the shoulder’s rotator cuff. When the tendons are inflamed or irritated, you may experience symptoms of pain, shoulder clicking, weakness, tenderness, or dull aches along with inflammation. When shoulder tendonitis symptoms are present, it’s important to pinpoint the source and reason for the pain.

What is causing my shoulder tendonitis?

Shoulder tendonitis may be the result of an acute or sudden injury but most often, it’s caused by overuse. Repetitive motions involving the rotator cuff while exercising, playing sports, or conducting job-related tasks can cause shoulder tendonitis to slowly develop over time. Age is also a large factor in your likelihood of developing shoulder tendonitis. As we get older, our tendons can’t handle as much stress and are more easily torn.

When should I seek out shoulder tendonitis pain treatment?

If you’re experiencing symptoms of shoulder tendonitis: pain, dull aches, weakness or tenderness in the shoulder area, it’s a good idea to seek out treatment. If you ignore the symptoms and wait for the pain to dissipate, you may increase your risk of suffering a tendon rupture or a more serious injury. Identifying the root cause of tendonitis is crucial to a quick and efficient recovery and to ensure that you’re not at risk for future injury. Physical therapy can provide the necessary tools to locate the source of your shoulder tendonitis pain and eliminate the symptoms for an efficient recovery.

How can physical therapy help with my shoulder tendonitis pain?

Your physical therapist will help you pinpoint the source of your shoulder tendonitis issue and develop a custom plan of care based on your individual body and the activities in which you frequently participate. They may incorporate hands-on techniques such as myofascial release to restore your range of motion and eliminate any symptoms of pain. They’ll also conduct tests to measure your mobility, flexibility, and pain level in the shoulder region. Your physical therapist may also incorporate treatment techniques such as:

• Manual therapy to remove restrictions and improve the range of motion of your shoulder.
• Custom exercises to strengthen the shoulder muscles and increase mobility as well as help you to develop more efficient movement patterns around the affected area.
• Sport-specific movement analysis to retrain patterns of movement that may be causing your shoulder tendonitis and to reduce the likelihood of reinjury.

Physical therapists can provide the necessary tools to prevent and/or treat shoulder tendonitis pain, allowing you to return to your favorite activities pain-free and better than ever! To learn more about shoulder tendonitis or to eliminate any current discomfort, book a physical therapy assessment today.

“I had shoulder pain during and after my workouts. My physical therapist worked with me and explained why I was having the pain, then gave me exercises to improve my mobility. After a couple of weeks, the pain was gone and hasn’t returned.”

-Brett C.

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