Advanced Rheumatology Center

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

Rotator cuff tendonitis is inflammation of the shoulder tendons.  This inflammation usually occurs in the younger population when activities require their arm to be moved over the head repeatedly, as in tennis, baseball, swimming and weightlifting. Chronic inflammation or injury can cause the tendons of the rotator cuff to tear. Rotator cuff tendonitis can also occur from prolonged use and day-to-day activities in the younger and older adult population.

Dr. Hirsh, Dr. Singh, Dr. Galvez, Dr. Raheem, and Evan Abramsky PA-C will develop a treatment plan that may involve medication and physical therapy to strengthen the muscles of the rotator cuff. Sometimes, ultrasound-guided injections are used to help reduce the inflammation. Almost always rest and avoidance of activities that can aggravate the shoulder are recommended.  Occasionally, surgery may be necessary if the rotator cuff has a complete tear.

For more information, please visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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