Rotator cuff tendinitis, or tendonitis, affects the tendons and muscles that help move your shoulder joint. If you have tendinitis, it means that your tendons are inflamed or irritated. Rotator cuff tendinitis is also called impingement syndrome.
This condition usually occurs over time. It can be the result of keeping your shoulder in one position for a while, sleeping on your shoulder every night, or participating in activities that require lifting your arm over your head.
Athletes playing sports that require lifting their arm over their head commonly develop rotator cuff tendinitis. This is why the condition may also be referred to as:
- swimmer’s shoulder
- pitcher’s shoulder
- tennis shoulder
How We Can Help
Sometimes rotator cuff tendinitis can occur without any known cause. Most people with rotator cuff tendinitis are able to regain full function of the shoulder without any pain.
The hypermobility and the large amount of muscles that make up the rotator cuff means that a thorough assessment and correct diagnosis of the affected muscles causing the pain is a must. All of NM’s therapists are skilled in determining what is causing each specific patient symptom and focusing treatment to the individual to achieve best outcomes.