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Rotator Cuff Tendinitis or Tendonopathy

A key structure in the shoulder is the rotator cuff. When this tendinous tissue gets pinched or irritated due to injury or overuse or degenerates with time, it can become inflamed. This painful condition is called rotator cuff tendinitis. Tendinitis can be difficult to distinguish from a torn rotator cuff. If your shoulder pain persists, you should get a diagnosis from a skilled orthopaedic clinician.

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis or Tendonopathy: What You Need to Know

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  • Rotator cuff tendinitis can affect individuals of any age.
  • You’re more likely to develop shoulder tendinitis if you participate in certain sports, including baseball, weightlifting and racket sports. Swimming strokes can also cause rotator cuff tendinitis.
  • If you are unable to fully rotate your arm without pain, you may have shoulder tendinitis.
  • If you are diagnosed with rotator cuff tendinitis, your treatment may include medications and physical therapy. Severe cases may require surgery.

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