Shoulder tendinitis and bursitis are common reasons for pain and stiffness in the shoulders. These involve inflammation or swelling in a particular area within the shoulder joint. Rotator cuff, a group of muscles, along with the bicep tendon keep the shoulder joint stable. These tendons and muscles keep the humerus or the upper arm bone within the glenoid or the shoulder socket.
When the biceps tendon or the rotator cuff tendons become irritated and inflamed, it is known as bicipital tendinitis or rotator cuff tendinitis. Subacromial bursa is an area that lies within the space between the rotator cuff tendons and the acromion (a part of the shoulder blade hanging over the tendons).
The tendons are protected by the bursa. Subacromial bursitis happens when there is inflammation in the bursa. Shoulder bursitis and tendinitis can cause stiffness and pain around the shoulder.
Thomas & Bigler Knee & Shoulder Institute, led by board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven C. Thomas and Dr. Gregory T. Bigler, provides orthopedic surgery to patients in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as greater Pahrump, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, and Mesquite, NV.
Causes of Shoulder Tendinitis
Shoulder tendinitis can be the result of sports injuries by overuse or repetitive use of the tendons. It can also be the result of a more sudden or serious injury. For instance, professional swimmers, baseball players, golfers, and tennis players are susceptible to tendinitis in the arms, shoulders, and elbows. Improper technique is the primary cause of overload on tissues, which causes tendinitis.
However, this condition can affect anyone and not just professional athletes. People with jobs that require heavy lifting or overhead work are at an increased risk of tendinitis. Anyone with repetitive motion can develop tendonitis. Shoulder tendinitis can also occur because of falling on an outstretched arm or a direct blow to the shoulder area.
Shoulder Tendinitis Treatment
Treatment goals for the condition involve reduction in inflammation and pain. It also involves preserving mobility while preventing recurrence and disability. Treatments can include a combination of using ice packs, wrapping bandages, and giving the shoulder rest. Naproxen, aspirin, and ibuprofen can be used for reducing swelling.
Physical therapy is a vital component of the treatment plan. Cortisone injections may be provided if the pain or inflammation is severe. Surgery is considered in cases where the biceps tendon or the rotator cuff has completely or partially torn off. It is also considered when symptoms fail to improve with other treatment option. Damaged tendons can be repaired by surgery, which removes the inflamed bursa.
Consulting with a Doctor
Shoulder tendinitis may go away on its own eventually. You should speak with your doctor if you experience pain that interferes with your everyday routine. You should speak with a doctor if there is soreness that doesn’t improve with rest and other self-care measures. Other reasons to visit the doctor is if you have fever, recurrence, or the affected area appears warm, swollen, or inflamed. These signs and symptoms indicate that you may have an infection.
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