Severe pain in your shoulder that's caused by tendonitis can turn even routine activities, like cooking or cleaning, into a major project. Shoulder tendonitis treatment from experienced specialists at Franciscan Health can put you at ease.
Also called shoulder impingement and rotator cuff tendonitis, shoulder tendonitis is inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons. The rotator cuff tendons connect your upper arm bone (humerus) to your shoulder blade.
Tendonitis is among the common causes of shoulder pain. It can result from playing sports with repeated overhead arm movement, like tennis and swimming strokes.
Symptoms of shoulder tendonitis may include:
At Franciscan Health, we diagnose shoulder tendonitis with a physical exam and imaging.
Nonsurgical tendonitis treatment may include:
Shoulder tendonitis surgery removes the inflamed part of the bursa, which lubricates the shoulder blade and collarbone. Your surgeon may also remove part of the bone on top of your shoulder. This may be done through minimally invasive arthroscopic shoulder surgery or open surgery.
Full recovery from shoulder tendonitis surgery may take from two months to a year, depending on your condition. Your arm may be in a sling for a short period to reduce movement and speed healing. You also will have rehabilitation, such as physical therapy, at Franciscan Health.