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 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.