How is shoulder tendinitis treated?

Treatment goals for shoulder tendinitis include reduction in pain and inflammation, as well as preserving mobility and preventing disability and recurrence. Treatments may include a combination of rest, wrapping, and use of ice packs for recent or severe injuries. Aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen are used to reduce swelling. Physical therapy, which includes range of motion exercises, is also part of the treatment plan. If pain is constant and severe enough, a cortisone injection can also be given into the shoulder to relieve symptoms.

Surgery is considered if the rotator cuff or biceps tendon has been partially or completely torn and the symptoms do not improve with other treatments. Surgery repairs the damaged tendon or tendons and removes inflamed bursae that may also be irritating the shoulder.

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

References

  • 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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