Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

Caused by the swelling of tendons connecting the muscles and bones in our shoulders, tendonitis of the rotator cuff is common for those with repetitive actions causing the inflammation. Some of the most common causes of rotator cuff syndrome are sports such as tennis, baseball, softball, football, weight-lifting and cross-fit. Rest and carefully curated stretching can help to minimize the pain while allowing the muscles supporting the shoulder to heal and regain strength.However, like most athletes,or devoted weekend warriorstime off the field or the gym is not an option. We focus on diagnosing the specific muscles involved through examination and muscle testing to properly treat and speed up the recovery process. Treatment options include but are not limited to: myofascial release, natural treatments to reduce inflammation, Kinesiotaping and strengthening exercises. Combination of these treatments can help to restore the function of the muscle and reduce the tension on the tendon in less time with long lasting results.

Bursitis

Similar to the knee, the shoulder also has a fluid-filled sac called a bursa that reduces friction by acting as a gliding surface for the tissues and joints. Repetitive overuse or direct injury to these bursae results in swelling, redness, pain, and reduced range of motion. Common ways to help treat bursitis in the shoulder include:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Aspiration of bursa fluid
  • Physical therapy

Tendinitis

Causing pain throughout the rotator cuff, tendinitis (or tendonitis) affects the tendons and muscles within the shoulder joints over time. Common causes are overuse (specifically for those throwing or lifting above their heads repeatedly), as well as sleeping directly on the shoulder.

Similar to tendinitis in the knee, it can result in redness, tenderness, diminished range of motion and pain. Physical therapy is one of the best solutions for tendinitis in the rotator cuff to help stretch the surrounding muscles and tendons while strengthening to regain range of motion.

Tendon Tear

Similar to tears in the tendons of the knees, shoulder tears should be taken seriously and treated as soon as possible for a full, healthy recovery. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that turn into tendons to cover the humerus- and any degree of tear will result in pain directly in the shoulder or possibly down the arm, decreased strength, and most notably, the inability to assert pressure in one direction or another.

Impingement

Usually going hand-in-hand with tendinitis or bursitis, shoulder impingement occurs when rotator cuff tendons are trapped or pinched during movement. This causes increased inflammation and pain, along with a drastic reduction in range of motion due to the acute pinching pain.

To treat Impingement, Elite provides comprehensive physical therapy to manage the pain, increase range of motion, and strengthen and stretch the surrounding muscles and tendons.

Osteoarthritis

Known as the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that occurs after years of wear and tear on the body, diminishing the cartilage protecting the ends of the bones and causing painful friction during movements.  At Elite Healthcare, we work hard to slow additional damage and help ease the pain of current symptoms with a customized treatment that focuses on each patient’s specific needs.  Regenerative Medicine treatments available, ask us if this is the right treatment for you!

Instability

Though the shoulder is known for allowing an impressive range of motion, going past that can result in shoulder instability- or dislocation- of the joint. This occurs when the humerus (upper arm bone) is forced out of the shoulder socket, typically from prolonged wear and tear or a quick, direct impact.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Caused by pressure on the median nerve (the one responsible for the movement and feeling of our thumbs and fingers excluding the pinky), carpal tunnel creates shooting pain, numbness, tingling sensations and swelling throughout our wrists and fingers.Many fail to see that carpal tunnel can also be related to a Pinched Nerve in neck. All areas need to be evaluated to make the proper diagnosis.

 

 

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