Do you have tendinitis in the shoulder? You're not the only one. Tendonitis are common. Such an inflammation is often caused by overload. This can be due to odd jobs, other professional activities, repeatedly making the same movements or, for example, sports. What is the best treatment for shoulder tendinitis? That is something that a physiotherapist can often determine well. Of course, you prefer to treat a tendinitis in the shoulder as soon as possible. The inflammation hurts and can even hinder you in daily life. In this informative blog post, our physiotherapist explains which treatment works for tendinitis in the shoulder.
What is shoulder tendonitis?
Which treatment is suitable for tendinitis in the shoulder? Before we answer that question, it is nice if you know what a tendinitis in the shoulder exactly is. A tendinitis is an irritation and is caused by an overloaded muscle. If you do a lot of sports or make the same kind of movements during a physically intensive job, the chance of a tendinitis is in a small corner. Fortunately, the inflammation does not hurt. The tendinitis is not harmful. It's just an unpleasant feeling. Often the tendon hurts continuously, even at rest and when you are lying in bed. Time to fight this pain.
Preventing tendinitis in the shoulder
Unfortunately, tendinitis in the shoulder usually cannot be prevented. You can, however, reduce the risk of inflammation. How? By training the tendons and building this up slowly. We also recommend spreading the activities/jobs that put a (considerable) load on your shoulder over several days. This way the tendons have time to relax from the effort. So don't work on the same job for hours on end if you're not used to it, but let your body slowly get used to certain movements. Do pain symptoms occur? Then take a rest. Your body tells you to relax your tendon.
What treatment helps with tendinitis in the shoulder?
Which treatment is suitable for tendinitis in the shoulder partly depends on your complaints. Our physio first examines the pain points. If necessary, an ultrasound is made to see if there is calcium in the tissue and if the structure is still good. In most cases, inflammation in the tendon is caused by overload. We often advise to give your shoulder a rest. Spare your shoulder where possible. You can put some weight on the shoulder, as long as it doesn't hurt.
Injection therapy is also an option. These injections consist of drugs that inhibit inflammation. This will not cure the inflammation, but you will have less pain in your shoulder. The same applies to painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs such as paracetamol, diclofenac and ibuprofen.
Treatments we perform for shoulder tendinitis
Dry needling, shockwave therapy, remedial therapy and manual therapy are the treatments we most often perform for tendinitis in the shoulder. Bee dry needling our physio stimulates the muscles. This is painless, but you may sometimes feel a cramp. This is normal, because a muscle reacts briefly to the injection. A shockwave device takes care of it shock wave therapy before the muscle is exposed to powerful shock waves, causing micro-damage. It may sound crazy, but this damage ensures a faster recovery process.
Our manual therapist can also help with treatment for tendinitis in the shoulder. The stiff joints are manipulated (cracked) or mobilized. Naturally, the therapist ensures that this is done safely and correctly. In addition, you can choose to practicetherapy, where you exercise under the supervision of a physiotherapist. This way you train your tendon and surrounding muscles and ensure that it is less likely to be overloaded.
Get rid of the tendinitis in your shoulder through proper treatment
Have you been walking around with pain in your shoulder for a while and want to be able to move pain-free again? Time to make an appointment at one of our physio practices! We help you get rid of the tendinitis in your shoulder with the right treatment. Make an appointment by calling / app to +31 (0)13 543 58 41 or send an email to email@example.com. See you soon with us physiotherapist in Tilburg!