Tendonitis of the Shoulder

Shoulder tendonitis or, put another way, tendonitis of the shoulder–neither is entirely true.  It is actually called rotator cuff tendonitis and is a group of muscles and tendons that allow the shoulder to perform as it does.

 

Supraspinatus - Muscles of the Upper Extremity Visual Atlas, page 42

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The Rotator Cuff is made up of several muscles and tendons that stabilize and mobilize the shoulder/arm.

What you really need to know is that:

One or all of those tendons can get tendonitis. And the muscle and connective tissue is just a much a player in shoulder injury as the tendon is….More at Jan 10, Shoulder Tendonitis, Tendonitis of the Shoulder, How and Why of Shoulder Pain

How do I get Shoulder Tendonitis?

There are several ways.  One way is by a repetitive strain injury,  A tear or rip of the shoulder is not tendonitis.

There are several muscles that work with the shoulder ligaments to hold the arm securely in the socket, as well as to allow movement.

The Supraspinatus
The Infraspinatus
Teres Minor
Subscapularus

The Ligaments provide static (non-mobile) support and stability to the shoulder joint.

The Muscles provide movement and stability, and tendons attach muscle to bone….More at Jan 10, Shoulder Tendonitis, Tendonitis of the Shoulder, How and Why of Shoulder Pain

No matter how you get shoulder tendonitis, chronic pain is one of the major symptoms.  A torn tendon in the shoulder or rotator cuff can also cause pain in your neck as well.  The number one remedy is to rest the shoulder and use ice or a cold pack to try and reduce the inflammation.  It is important to try not to perfrom the motion that caused your shoulder tendonitis in the first place.