shoulder tendonitis

As humans we have it in our nature to rely mostly on our arms. We often neglected being careful when it comes to the condition of our arms and we see our mistakes just when the pain arrives and it is inevitable. Shoulder tendonitis is one of the most common causes for shoulder pain and stiffness and it is a direct indication to the condition, as that there is usually a swelling of the area near our joint. This happens to a large number of people, so get yourself informed.

Causes

Shoulder tendonitis doesn’t come from nowhere and by doing nothing. Usually it appears due to some sports injury. It may come due to the fact that we repeat some movement that can be defined as unnatural while playing sports over and over again or if we make some sudden movement that can overload the tissues around the shoulder joint. People who practice sports where there is repetitive movement with the arm from the shoulder such as swimming, baseball, tennis and golf often suffer from the condition. Usually this happens when they are playing the sport the wrong way or when they force themselves too much. Besides athletes, other people can develop this condition. We are talking about people over 40 who are doing some job where they overload the arm. Sometimes due to a condition such as rheumatic arthritis, psoriasis or drug reaction shoulder muscles can be weaken and then even the usual movements can cause problems.

Treatment

In most cases, patients who suffer from tendonitis wait until the very last minute to visit the doctor about their shoulder pain. In that case it can take up to months to feel some small improvement of the condition and you risk other parts of your health as well. The main goal of the treatment is to bring the pain to minimum and to get rid of the inflammation. The treatment will return the mobility to your shoulder and it’s also prevention against possible disability. Usually it is highly recommended that you don’t overload the shoulder joint so you should rest it daily. Putting hot and cold applications is recommended, as well as massaging the shower under the shower. Physical therapy such as special exercises and massage are also very helpful when treating shoulder tendonitis. From medication if your case is more serious you may get some injections or pain killers. If none of this works there is also surgery to treat it, but that is rarely necessary.

Prevention

If you belong to some of the risk groups there are a few things you can do that may prevent the occurrence of irritation.  Avoid activities that you feel are too hard for you and gradually build up your activity level. Also limit the repetitions of the movements. If pain comes along stop the movement right away, as you don’t want to risk shoulder tendonitis and go through the painful recovery process.