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Rotator Cuff Tendinitis


Rotator cuff tendinitis is inflammation of the tendons in your shoulder joint. A tendon is a cord of tough tissue that connects your muscles to your bones. The rotator cuff is made up of a group of muscles and tendons that hold the shoulder joint in place.

Shoulder Anatomy


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  • NSAIDs may be given to decrease swelling and pain.
  • Steroids may be given to decrease inflammation. This may help relieve your pain. Steroids may be injected into the rotator cuff area.


  • X-rays may be used to check for an injury or other problem in your shoulder area.
  • An MRI scan may be used to look for tendon injuries or other problems. You may be given contrast liquid to help the pictures show up better. Tell the healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid. Do not enter the MRI room with any metal. Metal can cause serious injury. Tell the healthcare provider if you have any metal in or on your body.
  • An ultrasound uses sound waves to show pictures on a monitor. An ultrasound of your shoulder may be done to look for damage to your tendons.


may be needed if the pain and tightening in your shoulder do not go away. This may also be done if pain worsens or is so severe that it affects your daily activities. During surgery, your healthcare provider may remove bone spurs and inflamed tissue around the shoulder.


Even after treatment, the shoulder may not move the way it did before.


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