What is rotator cuff tendinitis?

The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons that cover the head of the humerus (upper end of the arm). The rotator cuff tendons help lift and rotate the arm at the shoulder joint. Rotator cuff tendinitis is an irritation or inflammation of these tendons (thick, fibrous cord attaching muscle to bone).

What are the symptoms of rotator cuff tendinitis?

  • Classic symptoms of rotator cuff tendinitis include pain radiating from the outer arm to several inches below the shoulder.
  • You may also experience pain at the front, side and back of the shoulder and nagging pain that interferes with sleep.
  • Symptoms are usually aggravated by activities that require reaching behind and across the body and by raising the arms over the head.
  • Clicking in the shoulder may occur when the arms are raised over the head.
Woman stretching arm across chest at a gym

What treatment options are available?

If the symptoms persist, it is recommended to schedule a consultation with Dr. Yoon. A comprehensive evaluation will be performed and a treatment plan can then be discussed based on the findings.

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