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.

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