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Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

Overview

Rotator cuff tendinitis is the medical name given to the condition where the shoulder tendons become inflamed. This covers a range of diseases ranging from major to minor injuries, such as subscapularis, supraspinatus, acute reversible tendinitis, infraspinatus, etc.


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Causes

Rotator cuff tendinitis is mostly caused by certain sports that require the arm to get raised above the head frequently. Baseball, lifting weight, tennis and swimming are some of the sports where this disease is seen to attack the sportsman. Most of the times, the sportsperson who are more than 40 years of age are more prone to this disease.


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Signs & Symptoms

The patient suffering from rotator cuff tendinitis has the following symptoms:-

  • The patient may feel excruciating pain when moving the affected arm.
  • The patient may also complain of pain in the shoulder at night, especially if he lies down on the affected shoulder.
  • The patient may also feel weak if he tries to raise his arm over the head for certain minor activities, such as brushing hairs, etc.
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Prevention

Try to practice, the sports that require frequent shoulder movements, with complete security and safety measures to avoid strain and wear and tear.


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Treatments
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There are simple treatment methods that can be adapted at home for better results. Appling ice pack on the shoulders, avoiding any activity that may cause even the slightest pain, resting the affected arm may lead to relief in the long run. You may also take pain killer tablets or topical creams to reduce the pain. Physiotherapy must be done to regain the strength of the affected muscle. Steroid injections may be given at extreme cases. Surgery is done in case of extreme tear of the tendons.

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