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Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

Rotator cuff tendonitis is a condition that occurs overtime and if left untreated, can progress into other shoulder injuries that are far more difficult to treat. This tendinitis occurs when the rotator cuff tendon becomes inflamed due to repetitive movement of the shoulder, therefore causing pain and discomfort.

What causes Rotator cuff tendinitis?

Rotator cuff tendinitis usually develops over time due to repetitive movement or immobilisation of the shoulder joint, however, this condition can also be a result of trauma.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of rotator cuff tendinitis usually get worse over time, which can usually start with pain being alleviated at rest to having the pain constantly. Common symptoms include:

  • Pain in the front of the shoulder
  • Pain when lifting the arm above 90 degrees
  • A clicking sound when lifting the arm
  • Shoulder stiffness
  • Pain when lying on the affected arm
  • A loss of muscle strength in the affected arm

How is rotator cuff tendonitis diagnosed?

In order to diagnose this condition, the sports therapist will ask a series of questions to get a background of what is going on, which will then be followed by a series of tests to confirm or deny rotator cuff tendinitis.

How do we treat rotator cuff tendonitis?

Here at Complete Chiropractic we offer a range of treatment options for this shoulder condition, these include:

  • Soft tissue massage
  • Ice therapy
  • Shoulder joint mobilisations
  • Cross-friction therapy
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Mobility exercises
  • Aftercare advice

Benefits of sports therapy treatment

Sports therapy treatment can be very beneficial for those who suffer from this condition, which will help you return to your daily activities as soon as possible. Benefits include:

  • Faster recovery time
  • Reduction in inflammation
  • Reduction in pain symptoms
  • Improved flexibility and strength
  • Advice on how to prevent the injury from reoccurring