Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
- Rotator cuff tendonitis is inflammation of the rotator cuff muscles.
- The chronic form is termed rotator cuff tendinosis/ tendinopathy
- Most patients will have lateral shoulder pain, worse with overhead activity
- Treatment involves activity reduction, physical therapy and medications
- Corticosteroid injections can be used as a second line option
Most rotator cuff tendonitis will get better without surgery. First line therapy includes cutting back on offending activities, non-opiate pain medications and physical therapy. Physical therapy is probably the most important treatment and can often be performed at home. Sometimes, corticosteroid injections are used. Patients can also consider massage therapy and acupuncture. Rarely, surgery is used to treat rotator cuff tendonitis.