Rotator Cuff Tendinitis in Miami, FL
The Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of orthopedic conditions and diseases such as bursitis/rotator cuff tendinitis. Our team of experts delivers the latest advances in personalized, comprehensive care to patients in our conveniently located clinics in Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale.
What is Bursitis/Rotator Cuff Tendinitis?
Bursitis and tendinitis are common conditions characterized by painful inflammation around the muscles and bones, and most often occurring in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, or ankle.
A bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac, surrounding the bone in every joint throughout the body, and acts as a cushion between the bone and other tissues such as muscles, tendons, and skin. When the bursa becomes inflamed, and filled with excess fluid causing pain, bursitis is the result.
Tendons, found throughout the body, are a band of strong, fibrous tissue connecting bones to muscles, which assist joint movement of the shoulders, hips, knees, elbows, ankles, wrists, hands, and feet. Tendinitis is the term used to describe the painful swelling and/or inflammation of a tendon.
Pain in and around the shoulder and upper arm area is indicative of rotator cuff tendinitis, specifically affecting the rotator cuff, comprised of four muscles that attach the arm to the shoulder joint, and allow for the arm’s range of motion. Raising the arm above shoulder level often exacerbates the pain, as do other activities such as lifting, pulling, reaching, pushing, or lying on the affected side.
What are the Causes and Symptoms of Bursitis/Rotator Cuff Tendinitis?
Bursitis often results from overuse of, or direct trauma to a joint, especially in the knees or elbows, resulting from physical strain on a hard surface, such as kneeling or leaning on the elbows longer than usual. Tendinitis is typically the result of a repetitive motion injury, which increases with age, both in frequency and intensity. These conditions increase with age, both in frequency and intensity, since tendons become less flexible, and, therefore, more prone to injury.
Bursitis, or tendinitis, may also be caused by arthritis, gout, thyroid disease, diabetes, or infection. Rheumatoid arthritis is a common cause of rotator cuff tendinitis and bursitis, usually caused by repetitive motion, which is common to athletes, construction workers, gardeners, musicians, and those who perform acts that place regular, repetitive stress on joints. Repetitive overuse of the shoulder, requiring frequent reaching or lifting above shoulder level, may also increase the likelihood of injury to the rotator cuff or bursa, leading to bursitis or tendinitis.
How is Bursitis/Rotator Cuff Tendinitis Treated?
At the Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute, our doctors treat orthopedic conditions, such as bursitis and rotator cuff tendinitis, using a variety of non-surgical treatment options, including physical therapy (involving gentle stretching), and strengthening exercises, that may vary according to the location of the affected bursa or tendon. Soft-tissue massage may offer some temporary pain relief, as may the application of an ice pack or taking prescribed medications. Should there be an underlying infection, appropriate antibiotics will be prescribed. If pain continues over a number of months, with little or no change, or if a tendon is completely torn, either arthroscopic or open surgery may be required to repair tissue damage, which will relieve pressure on the tendons and bursae.
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If you would like more information on treatment for bursitis/rotator cuff tendinitis, please contact one of our conveniently located clinics in Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale.