Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

Rotator cuff tendinitis is a common condition that causes pain, stiffness, and limited mobility in the shoulder joint. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint and help to lift and rotate the arm. When these tendons become inflamed or irritated, it can cause tendinitis.

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Symptoms of rotator cuff tendinitis include:

  • Pain in the shoulder when lifting or rotating the arm
  • Difficulty lifting the arm above the shoulder
  • Weakness in the shoulder
  • Stiffness or limited mobility in the shoulder
  • Difficulty sleeping due to pain

Fortunately, most cases of rotator cuff tendinitis can be treated without surgery.



Treatment options include:

  • Rest and avoiding activities that cause pain
  • Physical therapy to improve strength and flexibility
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation
  • Ice and heat therapy
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