Begin Shoulder Tendonitis Treatment Before You Develop a Torn Rotator Cuff

By: Nick Bryant

Shoulder tendonitis is a condition that will effect a lot of us at some time in our lives. It is simply the inflammation of the tendons of the rotator cuff. Early symptoms may include pain after exercise or activity. This usually gives you some indication of what activity is aggravating the condition. Left untreated the pain can become your constant companion. It tends to be in the top and side of the shoulder and is worst when lifting your arm above shoulder height.

Your shoulder might feel weaker than usual, depending on how long you have had the condition. Some movements may be accompanied by a popping or caracking sound and as the condition worsens you may have trouble getting comfortable at night so sleep may become difficult.

The temptation is to continue as normal and work through the pain, especially if it is not too severe but ignoring this fairly minor condition can lead to more serious problems.

Shoulder Tendonitis can come about for a variety of reasons. Some of us are born with a predisposition to shoulder problems. If you use your shoulders a lot at work or in a sports activity you can be vulnerable especially if it is overhead activity. Shelf stackers, painters and decorators are all at a higher risk of shoulder tendonitis.

Early shoulder tendonitis treatment is important to avoid more serious problems. This will involve the R.I.C.E formula. Rest, Ice Compression and Elevation.

You need to rest from any activity that aggravates the condition. If you feel pain with a movement stop doing it. This could involve changes at work or home but is vitally important. Every painful movement causes more damage to the rotator cuff muscles and you can end up with a torn rotator cuff if you ignore this.

Ice, compression and elevation are all aimed at reducing the inflammation that is causing the pain. Anti-inflammatory drugs taken at regular intervals will also help. If you control the inflammation you control the pain.

When you have got the pain under control it is important to begin some shoulder specific exercises to help to build up and strengthen not only the rotator cuff but also the rest of the shoulder muscles. By getting your shoulder muscles in shape you reduce the risk of another bout of shoulder tendonitis. There are 22 muscles involved in shoulder movement. If you get them all working together they can help your rotator cuff and you will avoid further problems.

These will not be exercises to do at the gym. Pushing weights will do nothing. They tend to be exercises with little or no resistance, often Yoga or Pilates based ,they focus on control and flexibility above strength. The great thing is that they can easily be done at home at a convenient time.

Exercise is the secret of successful shoulder tendonitis treatment. Tackle the inflammation and once things have settled down exercise and strengthen your shoulder muscles and rotator cuff.

That way you will easily avoid the inconvenience and pain of a torn rotator cuff.

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