Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
The rotator cuff is a set of muscles that attach the shoulder blade (Scapula) to the upper arm (Humerus). Rotator cuff tendinitis is when the rotator cuff tendons (cords connecting muscle to bone) become irritated or damaged. This occurs in individuals who do repetitive lifting or overhead activities using their arm. These activities may include swimming, baseball, tennis, paper hanging, construction, or painting. Symptoms include minor pain that is present both with activity and at rest, pain radiating from the front of the shoulder to the side of the arm, and/or sudden pain with lifting and reaching movements. Athletes may experience pain with overhead sports when throwing or serving a tennis ball. The symptoms may begin initially as a mild pain, but may worsen if left untreated. The goal of treatment is to reduce pain and restore function. In planning your treatment, your doctor will consider your age, activity level, and general health.