Start Shoulder Tendonitis Treatment Before You Develop a Rotator Cuff Tear
Shoulder tendonitis is a condition that will effect a lot of us at some time in our lives. It is caused by inflammation of the tendons of the rotator cuff. Early symptoms will include pain after exercise or activity. This usually gives you some sign of what is causing the condition in the first place. Left untreated the pain can become constant. It tends to be at the side and top of the shoulder and is at its worst when lifting your arm above shoulder height.
Your shoulder can feel weaker than normal, depending on how long you have had the problem. Movement may be accompanied by a cracking or popping sound and as the shoulder deteriorates you may have trouble getting comfortable at night so sleep may become difficult.
It is tempting to continue as normal and work through the pain, especially if it is not too severe but ignoring this relatively minor condition can lead to more serious problems.
Shoulder Tendonitis can come about for a variety of reasons. Some of us are born with a predisposition to shoulder problems. If your work involves using yoru shoulders a lot or you use them a lot in a sports activity you can be vulnerable especially if it is overhead activity. Shelf stackers, painters and decorators are all at a higher risk of shoulder tendonitis.
Early shoulder tendonitis treatment is essential. This will involve the R.I.C.E formula. Rest, Ice Compression and Elevation.
You need to stop any activity that causes you pain and aggravates the problem. If you feel pain with a movement stop doing it. This might involve changes at home or work but is vitally important. Every painful movement causes more damage to the rotator cuff tendons and you can end up with a torn rotator cuff if you ignore this.
Ice, compression and elevation are all intended to help reduce the inflammation that is causing the pain. Anti-inflammatory drugs taken at regular intervals will also help. If you control the inflammation,the pain will be controlled as well.
When you have got the pain under control it is important to start some shoulder exercises to strengthen not only the rotator cuff muscles but also the rest of the shoulder muscles. By getting your shoulder muscles in shape you significantly reduce the risk of futire injuries. There are twenty two muscles involved in shoulder movement. If you wake them all up and get them working together they can help your rotator cuff solve your shoulder tendonitis and you will avoid further problems.
These will not be exercises to do at the gym. Pushing weights will do nothing. They tend to be exercises that use little or no weights or resistance, often Pilates or Yoga based that focus on control and flexibility above strength. The great thing is that they can usually be done at home at a convenient time.
Exercise is the key to successful shoulder tendonitis treatment. Deal with the inflammation and pain and once things have settled down strengthen your shoulder muscles and rotator cuff.
That way you will easily avoid the pain and inconvenience of a rotator cuff tear.
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