Symptoms: Rotator cuff tendonitis main symptom is a debilitating pain in the shoulder. The pain usually starts gradually, subsequently traveling to the upper arm and elbow. Sometimes the pain gets worse at night. Eventually, the pain may become so intense arm movement is severely restricted.
Overview: Rotator cuff tendonitis is also known as pitcher’s shoulder, swimmer’s shoulder and tennis shoulder. However, you don’t need to have done any of these activities to suffer from rotator cuff tendonitis as it can be caused sudden injury or trauma as well as repeated overhead arm movements.
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and associated tendons that form a sleeve around the shoulder joint. The rotator cuff tendons connect the muscles to the bones in the shoulder, which allows your arm to move up and down as well as rotate. When the rotator cuff tendons become inflamed, pain is the usual result.
It’s important to see Dr. Suzan Starler, D.C. as soon as possible if you think you suffer from rotator cuff tendonitis. Left untreated, it can lead to shoulder impingement syndrome, which is far more serious and can severely restrict your shoulder’s range of motion. Dr Suzan can provide safe, conservative and effective methods of relieving the pain and reducing the inflammation associated with rotator cuff tendonitis.