When should I call my doctor about shoulder tendinitis?

Most cases of shoulder tendinitis go away on their own over time. It may take weeks to months to recover, depending on the severity. See your doctor if you experience pain that interferes with your normal day-to-day activities or have soreness that doesn't improve despite self-care measures. Other reasons to see your doctor are if you have recurrence, or if you have a fever and the area affected by tendinitis appears red or inflamed (swollen, warm). These signs and symptoms may indicate that you have an infection.

In addition, see your doctor if you have other medical conditions that may increase your risk of an infection, or if you take medications that increase your risk of infection, such as corticosteroids or immunosuppressants.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 03/03/2019.


  • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Shoulder Problems. Accessed 3/4/2019.
  • Arthritis Foundation. Tendinitis. Accessed 3/4/2019.

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