Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis is a condition in which tendons in the shoulder become inflamed. It is caused by repetitive motion of the shoulder and is seen frequently with our patients in Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, and Suffolk.   Risk factors of rotator cuff tendonitis include being over age 40 and participating in sports that involve repetitive shoulder motion (tennis, swimming, baseball, lifting weights overhead).

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis Symptoms

Symptoms of rotator cuff tendonitis are pain when moving arm, increased pain at night in shoulder, weakness or pain when performing overhead activities.

Dr. Bragg, a pain management coctor, can perform a physical examination to determine if you have rotator cuff tendonitis. Diagnostic tests such as an X-ray or MRI can be performed to determine if there is a bone spur, a rotator cuff tear or if it is rotator cuff tendonitis.

Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

Rotator cuff tendonitis responds well to non-surgical treatments. Patients will need to rest the injured shoulder, apply ice and take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Physical therapy may be required to increase shoulder strength and decrease pain. Although, if physical therapy is not effective, patients may benefit from a steroid injection to decrease inflammation.  A steroid injection by out pain management doctor can make it possible for them to participate in physical therapy with less pain. Most people are able to recover with any combination of these treatment options.

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Make an appointment to meet with Dr. Bragg to discuss how you may reduce your pain from rotator cuff tendonitis.