When tendons in the shoulder joint become inflamed, it can result in pain and stiffness of the joint. This tendon inflammation is called shoulder tendonitis, one of the more common causes of shoulder pain. Overuse of the shoulder from sports or other activities, as well as a shoulder injury, can cause tendonitis. Dr. Kerisimasi Reynolds offers treatment for shoulder tendonitis at his practice in San Jose.
Tendons are integral to the shoulder joint for movement and stability. The rotator cuff tendons and the bicipital tendons allow for movement while keeping the ball and socket in place. Tendonitis of the shoulder tendons occurs when damage causes inflammation. This is common in athletes who use repeated overhead motions, like tennis players, baseball players and swimmers. Certain jobs may also require repeated overhead motions of the arms that can cause damage to tendons. Severe injuries to the shoulder may also lead to tendonitis.
In many cases, tendonitis can be relieved through conservative treatments. Rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medication can offer relief and reduce the inflammation. Physical therapy can be used to regain strength and flexibility in the shoulder. When conservative treatments are not effective, surgical repair may be required.
Surgical Repair for Shoulder Tendonitis
If the tendons in the shoulder joint are torn or damaged, surgical repair may be needed to stop the inflammation. Arthroscopy can be used to repair the rotator cuff or bicipital tendon, allowing for improved movement and reduced pain.
Dr. Reynolds specializes in orthopedic arthroscopic surgery, using the most advanced techniques for repairing damaged shoulder joints. Whenever possible, Dr. Reynolds will use conservative and non-invasive treatments to alleviate shoulder tendonitis, but if surgery is necessary, his extensive experience can garner the best results. Contact his practice to schedule an exam if you have been suffering from shoulder tendonitis to learn more about treatment options.