Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
Rotator cuff tendinitis is an inflammation or irritation of the rotator cuff tendons, a group of four muscles and their associated tendons that stabilise and move the shoulder joint. These tendons can become damaged or inflamed, leading to pain and discomfort in the shoulder region.
Rotator cuff tendinitis typically arises from various factors, including:
- Overuse: repetitive overhead arm movements, such as those performed in sports or certain occupations.
- Age: Tendons naturally weaken and become more susceptible to injury as you get older.
- Trauma: Acute injuries, such as a fall or accident, can damage the rotator cuff tendons.
- Anatomical Factors: Structural issues in the shoulder may increase the risk of tendinitis.
Recognising the symptoms of rotator cuff tendinitis is crucial for early diagnosis and treatment. Common symptoms include:
- Shoulder pain: A persistent, deep ache in the shoulder, particularly when lifting or reaching.
- Pain at Night: Discomfort may worsen when lying on the affected shoulder.
- Weakness: Reduced strength and limited range of motion in the shoulder.
- Cracking or popping: Some individuals report unusual sounds when moving their shoulder.
At times, conservative treatments such as physiotherapy can fail to relieve your shoulder pain, or your pain level can be too severe to comply with your physiotherapy treatment. If your daily activities and sleep are still affected, then a diagnostic scan to identify the rotator cuff tendinitis and an ultrasound-guided injection to alleviate inflammation and pain can be the best choice of treatment for you.
Our “one-stop MSK appointment” includes consultation, diagnostic scan, and ultrasound-guided injection, if appropriate, in just one appointment. Our highly trained and skilled clinical team can help you by treating your condition swiftly and accurately through our “One-Stop MSK Appointments.”
If you are still unsure and would like to discuss this with our specialist team prior to your booking, then you can email email@example.com for more information or ring 07742986561 for a free telephone consultation with our Musculoskeletal Specialist.
Frequently Asked Questions
Nerve blocks are relatively safe procedures with minimal side effects. There is a small risk of allergy and infection or slight flare up of pain that can occur immediately or within few days following the procedure. Our Musculoskeletal Specialist team will perform a complete screening prior to your procedure to ensure safety.
There is no need for complete rest, however, we will advise you to reduce your activity level significantly for a week at the least to obtain the best results from the injection.
You should not drive immediately after the injection. Please organise a pick-up or arrange a taxi to return home.
Your appointment will be a “one stop shop” in which our Musculoskeletal Specialist will carry out a physical examination and ultrasound scanning to diagnose your problem. You will have plenty of opportunity to discuss your care with our specialist prior to proceeding with your injection.
The results can last up to 12 months or more. If you are a poor responder for corticosteroid injection then you can have short term pain relief in which case our Musculoskeletal Specialist team might be able to help with your care by advising you alternate procedures.
You can have 3 injections a year but this will depend on health of your joint and your response for previous steroid injection to the same area. Similarly, health of your soft tissue will determine a repeat injection and this will be determined by our Musculoskeletal Specialist through an ultrasound scan for the particular area or a condition.
Local anaesthetics are safe during pregnancy. Corticosteroid injection is known to be safe from 2nd trimester of pregnancy. If you are aware of being pregnant at the time of booking then notify us for pre-injection screening. Corticosteroid injections are safe if breastfeeding.