hello world!
Important Office Hour Updates Starting June 28th, 2024. 
The OIBO Team Mourns The Loss of Dr. Holtzberg 
(Read More)

Shoulder Tendonitis

Shoulder tendonitis causes shoulder pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. It is caused by overuse due to certain activities.
Why Choose OIBO? ▶

What is Shoulder Tendonitis?

Shoulder tendonitis is a common condition that can affect anyone who engages in activities that require repetitive shoulder movements, such as throwing sports, swimming, weightlifting, or manual labor. The inflamed rotator cuff tendons cause pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. Our specialists perform a thorough medical history review and physical examination to diagnose shoulder tendonitis accurately. Medical imaging studies such as X-rays and MRIs may be ordered to rule out the possibility of a tendon tear. Non-surgical treatment options are the first line of defense for shoulder tendonitis, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, rest and ice, physical therapy, and injections. These treatments are prescribed as part of a customized treatment plan, and our specialists monitor progress closely to ensure the best possible outcome. With proper treatment, symptoms can be reduced quickly, and the chances of shoulder tendonitis returning are greatly reduced. Don't let shoulder pain limit your life – schedule an appointment with our practice today by calling us or visiting our contact page.


Shoulder tendonitis is the inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons. The tendons stabilize the shoulder and help it move. They become irritated and inflamed when overused. Symptoms of shoulder tendonitis include:

  • Shoulder pain at rest
  • Shoulder pain triggered by movement
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased range of motion

Activities and movements that cause shoulder tendonitis include throwing sports, swimming, weightlifting, and overhead lifting (manual labor). The cause of shoulder tendonitis is very important for treatment. Our specialists perform a medical history review to determine the exact cause of shoulder tendonitis. A physical examination is performed to check for symptoms and if needed medical imaging studies (X-rays and MRIs) are ordered to rule out the possibility of a tendon tear.

How is Shoulder Tendonitis Treated?

Nonsurgical treatment options treat the overwhelming majority of cases of shoulder tendonitis. OIBO specialists prescribe the following:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Topical and oral medications that decrease inflammation and pain. Aspirin, Celebrex, Motrin, and Advil are well-known, commonly prescribed NSAIDs.
  • Rest and ice. Temporarily stopping or slowing down activities that cause shoulder tendonitis gives inflammation a chance to calm down. Ice may be used for the same purpose.
  • Physical therapy. An OIBO approved physical therapist prescribes and monitors exercises to improve shoulder strength and flexibility. Symptoms decrease quickly. As do the chances of shoulder tendonitis returning.
  • Injections. Corticosteroid and anti-inflammatory medications provide fast-acting pain relief. Often times, injections quickly reduce symptoms while slower acting treatment options began to work.

Treatment options are prescribed as part of a comprehensive, customized treatment plan. Symptoms are dramatically reduced in as short a time frame as possible. To schedule your appointment with a specialist, call our practice or visit our contact page.

We listen. We collaborate. We Serve.

Compassionate Orthopedic Care In New Jersey

Patients deserve personalized, outcome-driven care provided by physicians who genuinely care about them. As medicine has become more corporate and transactional, OrthoNJ prioritizes exceptional doctor/patient relationships. This is why we say we have The Power to Put Patients First.

Find a Doctor, Find a Condition

Orthopaedic Leaders in NJ

Patients deserve personalized, outcome-driven care provided by physicians who genuinely care about them. As medicine has become more corporate and transactional, OrthoNJ prioritizes exceptional doctor/patient relationships. This is why we say we have The Power to Put Patients First.

Find a DoctorSee Our Specialties
ezgif.com crop
printerphone-handsetmap-markercalendar-fullsmartphonecrosscheckmark-circle linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram