Shoulder Tendonitis

Shoulder Tendonitis

What is Shoulder Tendonitis

Shoulder Tendonitis is the most common cause of shoulder pain (90%).  There are three types of shoulder tendonitis causes: degenerative tendonitis, traumatic tendonitis and calcific tendonitis.

Degenerative Tendonitis

  • Working with hands or above shoulder
  • Usually occurs around or after 50 years of age
  • PAIN is less during the day and more at night when it swells
  • The tendon begins to thin after years of wear and tear – often with construction workers, electricians, plumbers and hair stylist.
  • Chiropractic physical modalities and therapy will help.

Traumatic Tendonitis

  • Seen more often in younger population (20-40 years of age)
  • Any of the four rotator cuff muscles are involved
  • Often caused with athletics playing volleyball, tennis and baseball
  • Microtearing usually occurs to the tendon of the shoulder
  • Pain on selective resisted ranges of motion
  • Responds well to conservative therapy such as cryotherapy, rest, interferential current, ultrasound, progressive strengthening exercises
  • Chiropractic, Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy can help!

Calcific Tendonitis 

  • Debris consists of calcium salts in highly vascular area
  • This can swell and bulge.
  • Chiropractic techniques can help with relieving symptoms related to this form of tendonitis.



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