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Shoulder Tendonitis Treatment

The shoulder has multiple tendons that are vital for optimum function. The rotator cuff has multiple tendons that connect to the humerus and shoulder blade that are continually working every time the arm moves or is lifted. When any of these tendons are overused or otherwise damaged, they can become susceptible to tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon. At Jonathan L. Glashow, MD orthopedic surgery and sports injury center, we offer effective shoulder tendonitis treatment at our facility in the Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and Miami, FL, area.

The tendons in the shoulder are crucial for all arm movements. Athletes in particular rely on healthy shoulder tendons to perform all types of arm motions, from throwing and catching to lifting weights or swinging a racket. The rotator cuff tendons are sandwiched between the humerus and glenoid. If they are injured or irritated from overuse, they can tear and become inflamed – tendonitis. The swelling can restrict movement inside the glenohumeral shoulder joint and cause pain.

Mild cases of shoulder tendonitis can be resolved with conservative treatments. Rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medications can help relieve pain and inflammation within the shoulder joint. However, if the inflammation persists or there are more severe injuries to the tendons, shoulder tendonitis treatment may be needed to relieve pain and restore function.

Rotator Cuff Inflammation Treatment

In severe cases of rotator cuff tendonitis, the source of inflammation or irritation to the tendons may need to be resolved. While corticosteroid injections may be recommended for reducing inflammation, they may not prevent further tendonitis from occurring. Treatment for chronic shoulder tendonitis may require surgery if there is severe damage to the tendons or conditions within the shoulder that are causing ongoing irritation to the rotator cuff. This can include removing bone spurs or repairing a labral tear that is contributing to shoulder tendonitis.

If you have pain, swelling or stiffness in your shoulder, you may be experiencing symptoms of shoulder tendonitis. To receive a diagnosis and treatment, contact our team at Jonathan L. Glashow, MD orthopedic surgery and sports injury center. Call our Miami office to schedule an appointment with one of our shoulder orthopedists.

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