Shoulder Tendonitis – About Shoulder Tendonitis

Shoulder tendonitis occurs when any of the tendons in your shoulder becomes irritated and inflamed. Tendonitis means inflammation of the tendon. A tendon is a strong fibrous tissue that connects your muscle to your bone. Shoulder tendonitis may be accompanied by another shoulder condition like bursitis.

Common Types of Shoulder Tendonitis

Two common types of shoulder tendonitis are biceps and rotator cuff tendonitis.

  • Biceps Tendonitis

    If you have biceps tendonitis, your biceps tendon becomes irritated as a result of overstretching or tearing. Your biceps tendon helps connect the muscle in front of your arm called the biceps brachii or, simply biceps.

    In most cases, biceps tendonitis occurs with another shoulder problem, such as
    • Shoulder joint arthritis
    • Shoulder impingement
    • Labral tear
    • Long-term (chronic) shoulder instability

  • Rotator cuff tendonitis

    Your rotator cuff is a group of muscles in your shoulder that helps keep the upper part of your humerus (arm bone) in your shoulder socket. Your rotator cuff muscles are attached to your humerus through tendons.

    Rotator cuff tendonitis is the inflammation of any of the rotator cuff tendons. People who often perform overhead movements like carpenters; painters; and baseball, tennis, and volleyball players are at risk for the condition.

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