How Do You Get Rid of Shoulder Tendinitis?
Having trouble moving your shoulder? Is it painful as well? Intense swelling up of the shoulder region along with redness of the area which feels hot on touching might prove to be worrisome. There is really no cause to get alarmed. The reason is common enough and is known as Shoulder Tendinitis. However, you may find that your condition has been described as something else by your doctor making it extremely confusing for you. It is best to know that the condition can also be described as:-
• Inflamed Shoulder Tendon
• Bicep Tendinitis
• Tendinitis Shoulder
• Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
Understanding Shoulder Tendinitis
So what is it all about? The strong tissues that connect the bone to the muscles are known as tendons. Any injury or damage to the tendons of the shoulder may cause the affected part to swell up resulting in intense pain while moving the shoulder. Tendonitis may also occur if you suffer from certain diseases like arthritis, gout or diabetes. Shoulder tendonitis can also be divided into two distinct categories named after the area of the affected tendons.
• The Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
• The Bicipital Tendinitis
Prevention of Shoulder Tendinitis-
You need to be alert while doing physical exercise. Overusing the muscles of your shoulder may weaken them considerably especially when you push them to the limit. Proper conditioning of your muscles is a must as is the need for gradual warming up just before exercising.
Treating the condition-
Shoulder Tendonitis may develop gradually instead of making you immobile instantly. The best way to prevent further wear and tear of the area is:-
1. To give your shoulders a rest from intense physical activity.
2. Applying an ice pack over the swollen portion of your shoulder.
3. Taking over the counter anti inflammatory medicines like Ibuprofen and Motrinare.
I would advise you to seek medical help if the condition continues for long. Most doctors resort to cortisone injections with the medicine being injected directly into the area that is affected. This is the only way to get rid of the pain which is not resolved by taking additional precautions. Surgery is an option that can be considered only when the condition does not respond to the other forms of treatment at all.
Physical Therapy for Shoulder Tendinitis-
The best way of staying fit and healthy is to go in for Physical Therapy. This is what I would attempt to do once you come to me with a bad case of Shoulder Tendonitis.
• Help you to exercise your shoulder muscles in a proper manner that reduces the painful condition.
• Teach you how to lift weights during physical exercise without pressurizing your shoulder muscles too much.
• Help you to recognize the very first signs and symptoms that may indicate that something is wrong with your shoulders.
• Help you to take adequate precautions while using your shoulder muscles.
The years of experience that I have had with patients who suffered from this painful condition has made me see the additional benefits of physical therapy as well. These benefits are:-
• Improvement of posture
• Easy movement of shoulder joints.
• Participating in exhaustive sports like baseball, volley and golf along with long hours of swimming.
• Sleeping comfortably through the night.
This does not undermine the need to see a doctor in any way. What I would like to emphasize is that you can certainly learn to manage the pain in the shoulder by learning a few tips for keeping your Shoulder Tendinitis under control.
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