Shoulder Tendinitis

Young woman grabbing her shoulder with an expression of pain because of an muscle injury.

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body. However, it pays the price for it’s mobility  by also being the most unstable. It, therefore, needs a whole host of muscles and tendons to keep it stable in the socket. For this article we will focus on these tendons, also clinically known as the Rotator Cuff tendons, which can get inflamed and lead to shoulder tendinitis.

What causes shoulder tendinitis?

Shoulder Tendinitis is usually caused by repetitive movement or strain by some thing as simple as carrying a handbag on the same shoulder. Research has indicated repetitive tasks being the biggest risk factor to this condition.  Even if the task does not require you to lift heavy objects it may still cause this condition. Of course, if the task requires you to lift heavier objects the likelihood of you getting a shoulder tendinitis is higher. Other causes that have been identified is overhead activities, usually seen in athletes needing to do tennis serves, smash or pitching.

Some other activities that can cause tendinitis, includes:

  • Gardening
  • Painting
  • Prolong Typing
  • Cleaning house
  • Shoveling
  • Painting
  • Scrubbing
  • Golf
  • Throwing and pitching

Good news is most sufferers of rotator cuff tendinitis can regain full function without any pain!

What are the symptoms of rotator cuff tendinitis?

Symptoms of tendinitis include:

– Pain when raising the arm
– Pain when putting your hand behind back
– Loss of shoulder range and strength
– Difficulty sleeping at night (due to pain also sleeping on the shoulder)
– Swelling on the painful shoulder

These symptoms generally start mildly and worsen over time, from intermittent to constant.


What are the treatments?

Physiotherapy is an effective treatment.By using manual therapy and therapeutic exercise, it is one of the safest treatment that gives you steady improvements over a relatively long period of time. It also requires diligence and perseverance on the patient’s part to work on the exercises. Below are 3 recommended exercises to strengthen the shoulder.

Kinesio Tape

Some research has shown kinesio taping to give immediate relief and improvement in pain-free range of movement.This treatment is also widely utilised by elite Olympic athletes.


Shockwave Therapy

The best treatment that provides the quickest recovery is Shockwave Therapy. Using mechanical waves to get rid of scar tissues and recruit blood flow which helps with healing the tendon tissues. Shockwave Therapy has been clinically shown to be highly effective in treating all manner of tendon inflammation.


TECAR Therapy

Tecar Therapy is also supported by multiple medical studies proving effective results.
This explains its popularity with top level athletes and patients with difficult pain problems.
Although very well established in Europe, it is relatively new to Singapore.
As one of the pioneering physiotherapy clinics in Singapore offering Tecar Therapy, The Pain Relief Practice combines the latest in medical technology with skilled and experienced physiotherapists to offer excellent results

All the above treatments are available at The Pain Relief Practice. To find out if you are suitable for the treatment, simply call +65 6735 5368! Call today and be free from pain!!
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