Shoulder Tendonitis

Shoulder tendonitis is an inflammation of your rotator cuff and/or biceps tendon. Your rotator cuff consists of the muscles and tendons in your shoulder. They connect your upper arm bone to your shoulder blade.

Shoulder tendonitis is often caused by a tendon being pinched by nearby structures. Shoulder tendonitis often occurs in certain sports that require your arm to move over your head repeatedly. Such sports include baseball, weightlifting, volleyball, racket sports, and certain swimming strokes.

Shoulder tendonitis may range from mild to severe inflammation of most of your rotator cuff. When your rotator cuff tendon gets inflamed and thickened, it is also called rotator cuff tendonitis. Chronic shoulder tendonitis can lead to calcified tendonitis or tendinosis, where large calcium deposits and scar tissue form on the tendon leading to a limited range of motion and regular pain.  

Shoulder Tendonitis Treatment

Shoulder tendonitis treatment for most cases starts with relatively simple, at-home care under your doctor’s supervision. Treatments from your doctor may also include physical therapy, stretching, and steroid injections.  If conservative treatments have failed and it appears to have progressed to caclified tendonitis or tendinosis, you may be faced with surgery to debride/scrape the damaged tissue from the rotator cuff or a single treatment of Orthowave® High-energy Shockwave Therapy, the FDA approved non-invasive alternative to surgery.

OrthoWave® - Shoulder Tendonitis Treatment

If you answer yes, then OrthoWave® High-energy Shockwave Therapy may be for you
  • Is the pain from shoulder tendonitis reducing your quality of life?
  • Have conservative treatments with your doctor failed?
  • Have you been suffering for at least 4 months?
  • Would you like to avoid the risks and downtime of surgery?
  • Are you looking for a proven, non-invasive treatment that works?
The energy delivered to an injury by HeSWT has numerous biological effects on bones, tendons and other soft tissue.
  • Breaks down scar tissue and calcifications
  • Increases blood flow through vascular growth
  • Immediately decreases pain with analgesic effects
  • Initiates your body’s natural healing process in the rotator cuff, including the up-regulation of numerous growth factors and other healing factors, for long-term relief
HeSWT has been studied and used extensively for over 20 years.
  • There are hundreds of studies proving the safety and efficacy of OrthoWave HeSWT for orthopedic injuries
  • No serious nor long-term complication has ever been observed
  • Fully FDA approved, Class 3, medical device
  • OrthoWave® is true HeSWT; with Sonex, you know you are getting the best.
OrthoWave® is a non-invasive treatment completed in office.
  • Only a single 40 min treatment is required to end the pain
  • Prior to treatment, a local anesthetic is often administered to numb the treatment site
  • You are positioned in an exam chair, ultrasound gel applied, and the HeSWT treatment head placed precisely against the injury site
  • 3000 to 4000 shockwaves are delivered at a specific frequency/energy level while ensuring your comfort
  • Post treatment instructions are provided and you are able to leave immediately
OrthoWave® is completely non-invasive so there is no lengthy recovery period, time off from work, nor risk of complications like invasive surgery.
  • High-impact activities need to be avoided for 30 days but no restrictions on routine activities (work, shopping, etc)
  • Braces, casts, slings, etc, are not required
  • Most patients see a significant decrease in pain immediately
  • Greatest improvement realized over first 30 days but healing continues for several months
  • Waiting 30 days is often hardest part as the injury quickly feels good for the first time in a long time…just give it some time to fully heal
Shockwave Therapy is an effective non-surgical treatment for numerous injuries. Please contact us to learn more about Shockwave Therapy, the injuries we treat, if you are a candidate, and how we can help get you back to life pain free.

Schedule Your Appointment Today 512-646-1500

CareCredit Financing Available

Shoulder Tendonitis FAQ's

Treatment depends on the severity of your shoulder tendonitis. Common treatments include rest, limited us of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories for pain, and strengthening exercises. If the conservative treatments have failed, your physician might recommend corticosteroid injections for the pain, surgery, or non-invasive High-energy Shockwave Therapy.

The pain is a little bit different for each person, but it is generally described as a soreness that gets worse when you reach, lift, push or pull with the injured shoulder. Occasionally, there might be a “clicking” feeling when you lift your arm over your head. The pain often subsides with rest but returns with activity.

Healing time varies from person to person. It depends on your age, underlying medical conditions and many other factors. Shoulder tendonitis usually heals within 3-6 weeks, depending on the treatments received but can become chronic and last for months or years if left untreated. Chronic cases sometimes require surgery or High-energy Shockwave Therapy for relief.

Try to avoid sleeping on your back or injured shoulder and instead sleep on the uninjured side. You may want to use a body pillow to help keep you in proper position. Be sure to use a pillow that provides good support for your head to keep your upper body in proper alignment.

There are several exercises which can help with shoulder pain. One of the more common exercises is the arm-across-chest stretch. For the arm-across-chest stretch, hold your injured arm out in front of you, reach with the opposite hand to behind your elbow on the injured side and pull your arm across your chest. The goal is to pull your injured arm across your chest without feeling any pain. Hold for 30-60 seconds, relax and repeat.

Sometimes the pain will resolve on its own, but more frequently, the pain and severity will worsen if left untreated. The more severe the injury, the longer it takes for it to completely heal and recover. Conservative treatments like rest and physical therapy can often heal mild to moderate tendonitis but surgery or non-invasive High-energy Shockwave Therapy may be required for moderate to severe tendonitis.