The shoulder joint is a complex, unique arrangement of muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones. Shoulder pain is one of the most common health conditions experienced by individuals, including rotator cuff pain. The rotator cuff is composed of four tendons and is responsible for controlling the arm’s rotation and elevation. Rotator cuff tendonitis can be the cause of shoulder pain in many active individuals. Shoulder specialist serving the Austin, Round Rock, and Cedar Park, Texas communities, Dr. Jeff Padalecki, specializes in treating and diagnosing rotator cuff pain associated with rotator cuff tendonitis.
Rotator cuff tendonitis is commonly caused by repetitive overhead activities, such as throwing or lifting, or a rotator cuff injury. Classified as an inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons along with an inflammation of the bursa, this type of shoulder tendonitis is quite common and typically considered one of the mildest forms of a rotator cuff injury.
What are Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tendonitis?
Rotator cuff pain, commonly radiating from the outer arm to several inches below the top of the shoulder, is the classic symptom of this type of shoulder tendonitis. Rotator cuff tendonitis symptoms also include pain and swelling in the front of the shoulder, loss of mobility, shoulder stiffness and pain when raising and lowering the arm.
How is Rotator Cuff Tendonitis Diagnosed?
Dr. Padalecki will perform a careful physical examination to determine the exact location of discomfort if a patient is experiencing rotator cuff pain. He will also test the shoulder’s strength and range of motion during the exam. In many cases, an X-ray or MRI scan may also be performed to confirm the diagnosis of shoulder tendonitis.