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Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

The shoulder offers the greatest range of motion compared to all the other joints in the body. Rotator cuff tendinitis occurs when the tendons and muscles that are responsible for the support and movement of the shoulder joint become inflamed or irritated. This injury is common in sports that require repetitive overhead activities such as throwing and many other types of highly repetitive motions. A leading pain management center in New York, HealthQuest provides treatment to address the pain and swelling associated with this shoulder disorder and to promote quick healing.


As in the case of many sports injuries, the symptoms of rotator cuff tendonitis tend to become worse over time. Typical symptoms include

  • Pain radiating from the outer arm to the front and top of the shoulder
  • Clicking sound in the shoulder and pain when the arm is raised or lowered
  • Swelling and stiffness
  • Pain at night
  • Loss of strength and motion in the affected arm

Diagnosis and Treatment

The first steps in diagnosing the condition are a thorough history and physical exam. Our specialists will also conduct tests to assess range of motion and strength of the shoulder joint. X-rays may be used to detect changes on the arm bone where the rotator cuff muscles attach. As a shoulder MRI can provide a clear view of the muscles and reveal tears or other injuries, this imaging test may be recommended for a definitive diagnosis.

Our multispecialty health care center specializes in treating sports injuries using a variety of effective nonsurgical techniques. The modalities we use include:

  • Ice pack application
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDS)
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Trigger point injections
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Game Ready cold compression shoulder wrap

Shoulder self-care guidance and pain management education are also part of our customized rotator cuff tendonitis treatment plans. Our orthopedic specialists will recommend surgery only in the case of problems such as an extensive tendon tear.

Don’t let shoulder pain hinder your game and routine activities - call (718) 769-2521 or send an email to to schedule your appointment at our multispecialty health care center in Brooklyn, NY.