How can shoulder tendinitis be prevented?

Because most cases of shoulder tendinitis are caused by overuse, the best treatment is prevention. It is important to avoid or modify the activities that cause the problem. Underlying conditions, such as improper posture or poor technique in sports or work, must be corrected.

Apply these basic rules when performing activities:

  • Take it slow at first and gradually build up your activity level.
  • Use limited force and limited repetitions.
  • Stop if unusual pain occurs.

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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