Skip to main content

Shoulder Tendinitis Specialist

Orthopedic Specialists -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Orthopedic Specialists

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Palm Harbor, FL

Shoulder Tendinitis Q and A

 service image

What are tendons?

Tendons are strong cords of tissue that connect muscles to bones. Movement and stability of the shoulder joint are governed by the biceps tendon of the upper arm, plus four rotator cuff tendons. 

What causes shoulder tendinitis?

This inflammatory condition typically results in pain, swelling, and discomfort in the shoulder area. Causes include repeated motions and degenerative diseases. 

What are common shoulder tendinitis types?

There are two main types of tendinitis that affect the shoulders:


  • Acute – This is caused by repetitive overhead motions common to certain sports like tennis, baseball, volleyball, weightlifting, and swimming.  It can also result from occupations that require repeated heavy lifting and overhead work like construction and painting.


  • Chronic – Wear and tear from aging and degenerative diseases like arthritis can create chronic (long-term) tendinitis.


What are the symptoms of shoulder tendinitis?

Key signs of tendinitis include:

  • Pain in a tendon when it is moved
  • Swelling 
  • A grating sensation during joint movement


How is tendinitis diagnosed?

Our board-certified doctor will do a thorough examination, checking your check range of motion, looking for sore areas, and assessing arm strength. He or she will check for other problems in your shoulder joint to rule out similar conditions.

The most common ways to diagnose tendon inflammation are through x-ray and joint aspiration. While x-rays can’t see tendons, they can check for signs of arthritis in the bones of the joint. Joint aspiration involves drawing a small amount of fluid from within the joint to check for infection and rule out similar conditions like gout.

What are the best shoulder tendinitis treatments? 

Sometimes a period of rest for the shoulder and modifying activities can help tendons heal. Icing the areas may relieve pain and swelling, as well. If not, our highly experienced orthopedic doctors can suggest alternatives:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Steroid injections for stronger inflammation relief
  • Surgery, in rare instances

If you are experiencing pain or restricted movement in your shoulder, or have been told you need joint replacement surgery, call Orthopedic Specialists or schedule a consultation online today. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained doctors are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of all shoulder conditions.

What we offer