Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy

Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy

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Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy

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What is Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy?

Rotator cuff tendinopathy is a condition that affects the tendons that connect your rotator cuff muscles to your shoulder blade. These tendons are the strongest muscles in your body and help you move your arm and shoulder.

The rotators are a group of small muscles located around the shoulder joint. They are responsible for moving, rotating and stabilizing your shoulder joint. The tendons connect these muscles to the bones that form the joint.

Rotator cuff tendonitis is an inflammation of one or more of these tendons. It may be caused by overuse or strain, which can lead to pain and stiffness in your shoulder joint. Over time this condition can result in damage to the tendon if left untreated causing long term problems such as pain when lifting objects etc.

What are the types of Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy?

There are three types of Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy:

Tendinitis

This is the most common type of rotator cuff tendinopathy. It’s characterized by inflammation and pain in the area of the tendon(s).

Tendinosis

This is less common than tendinitis, but it can be more difficult to treat. Tendinosis is characterized by degeneration of the tendon rather than inflammation, which means that it doesn’t respond well to anti-inflammatory medication or rest.

Frozen Shoulder

This is not a specific type of rotator cuff tendinopathy, but it is often caused by rotator cuff tendon problems (usually from tendinitis or tendinosis).

What are the causes of Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy?

Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy is caused by overuse, which can lead to inflammation and pain. It’s common in athletes who do repetitive motions with their arms, such as tennis players, baseball pitchers, and swimmers.

The rotator cuff is made up of tendons and muscles that connect the shoulder blade (scapula) to your upper arm bone (humerus). These tendons and muscles allow your shoulder joint to move freely.

The rotator cuff tendinopathy occurs when repeated stress causes these tendons to become inflamed, stiff or painful. This can lead to rotator cuff tear which will cause significant pain if you continue doing activities that cause the injury.

What are the symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy?

Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy, also known as rotator cuff tendinitis, is the inflammation of the tendons that connect your muscles to your shoulder joint.

The symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy include:

  • Pain in the front or back of your shoulder
  • Pain when you raise your arm above your head or behind your back (which is called internal rotation)
  • Pain when you lift, push, or pull with one arm only
  • Weakness and stiffness in the shoulder blade area

What are the risk factors for Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy?

The risk factors for Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy include:

Age – The older you are, the more likely you are to experience pain in your shoulders due to age-related changes in your body’s tissues.

Repetitive activities – People who regularly lift heavy objects or perform repetitive movements like painting or gardening may be at higher risk for shoulder problems.

Physical activity level – If you were not physically active when you were younger but have recently taken up an exercise routine, it can take time for your body to adjust and strengthen its muscles.

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy?

The exercises for Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy include:

External rotation

This exercise is done by lying on your side and keeping the elbow bent at a 90 degree angle. You should then lower your hand down towards your hip and then bring it back up. This will help strengthen your rotator cuff muscles.

Internal rotation

The internal rotation exercise is also done while lying down on your side but with your elbow straight and hands together in front of you. You should then lift one arm up so that it is parallel to the floor and repeat for 10-15 times on each side of your body.

External shoulder abduction

This exercise can be done sitting or standing up with both arms extended out to form a T shape with your body. Then move one arm outwards at shoulder height until it is parallel to the floor and then return it back to its original position before repeating with the other arm as well.

What are the treatments for Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy?

There are many treatment options for Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy. These include:

  • Rest and ice
  • Medications such as anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, and oral steroids
  • Physical therapy and exercises designed to strengthen the muscles around the shoulder blade area
  • Surgery

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What brace is used for Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy?

A shoulder sling is used for rotator cuff tendinopathy. It provides support for your arm and helps to reduce pain and swelling. It also helps you move in a way that reduces the strain on your rotator cuff tendon.

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