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Don’t Let Rotator Cuff Tendinitis Ruin Your Shoulder

Patient of Rotator Cuff Tendinitis with Shoulder Pain

Rotator cuff tendonitis is a common condition that affects the tendons and muscles that help move the shoulder joint. It can cause pain, swelling, stiffness, and reduced range of motion in the shoulder. It can also lead to more serious problems if left untreated. Don't let rotator cuff tendinitis ruin your shoulder. Learn about the symptoms, causes, prevention tips, and when to see a pain specialist.

Rotator cuff tendonitis can cause the following symptoms:

  • Swelling and pain in your arm and shoulder

  • Moving your arm up or down causes pain

  • A clicking sound from your shoulder when you raise your arm

  • Shoulder pain that interrupts your sleep

  • Difficulty reaching behind your back

  • Reduced strength and mobility in your arm

Some of the factors that can cause rotator cuff tendonitis are:

  • Overuse, injury, or ageing of the shoulder joint

  • Doing overhead or lifting motions repeatedly, such as in sports, work, or hobbies

  • Having poor posture or shoulder alignment

  • Having shoulder impingement, which is when the rotator cuff tendons are pressed by the shoulder blade

  • Having shoulder trauma, such as from a fall, accident, or collision

Tips to prevent rotator cuff tendonitis -

  • Before and after activities that involve overhead or repetitive motions, stretch your shoulder muscles regularly.

  • Use proper techniques and ask for help if needed when lifting heavy objects above your head or away from your body. Avoid doing this as much as possible.

  • Keep your shoulder blades back and down and avoid slouching or hunching your shoulders. Maintain good posture.

  • With exercises that target these areas, strengthen your rotator cuff and shoulder blade muscles. You can use your own body weight, resistance bands, or light weights.

  • Avoid activities that cause pain or discomfort and rest your shoulder. To reduce inflammation and pain, apply ice or heat.


If you have any of these symptoms, you may have rotator cuff tendonitis and need to see a doctor:

  • A sudden onset of intense shoulder pain

  • Signs of inflammation, such as swelling, bruising, redness, or warmth, in the shoulder area

  • Shoulder pain that does not go away or gets worse over time

  • Shoulder pain accompanied by other symptoms, such as trouble breathing, dizziness, or abdominal pain

  • Trouble moving your arm or doing everyday tasks

For more specific advice based on your condition, you may need to consult a pain specialist. If your shoulder pain persists, you can consult Dr Debjyoti Dutta at Samobathi Pain Clinic.



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