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Suffering From Shoulder Pain / Rotator Cuff Tendinitis?

Ulia Shakeel MsPT, RPT - Registered Physiotherapist

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Shoulder pain is one of the most common and disabling complaints I hear from my patients.

The term rotator cuff is used to describe the muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint and provides stability to it.

Shoulder tendinitis is defined as pain in the shoulder associated with inflammatory and degenerative injuries of tendons of the rotator cuff and bicep muscles. It can lead to pain, impaired function, stiffness, weakness in your shoulder muscles and limited range of motion.

Shoulder tendinitis is related to certain activities, some common, such as weightlifting or repetitive overhead movement of the arm. As well, performing some forceful activities like throwing and raking. It may also occur due to an injury or be the result of sports-related demand among athletes, especially swimmers, baseball pitchers and tennis players.


  • Pain in the shoulder that can sometimes radiate to the upper arm

  • Pain at night

  • Swelling

  • Tenderness

  • Pain with overhead movements and difficulty reaching behind the back

  • Inability to sleep on affected shoulder

  • Limited range of motion

  • Weakness

Why Physical Therapy Treatment Is Important

Physiotherapy treatment can help to reduce pain and swelling of the tendons, achieve normal range of motion and strengthen the shoulder muscles.

If a diagnosis of tendinopathy (breakdown of collagen in a tendon) has been made, it is important to seek proper treatment as soon as possible, as rotator cuff tendinitis may lead to a tear if not treated in a timely manner.

Physical Therapy Management

  • Rest and ice are used initially to decrease pain

  • Activity modification and avoidance of activities that increase pain and symptoms

  • Manual therapy including soft tissue massage and joint mobilization

  • Modalities like IFC, Laser or Ultrasound to improve symptoms

  • Strengthening and stretching exercises

If you are living with shoulder pain or an injury, contact us today. Your physiotherapist will make a treatment plan that is specific to your condition and goals. Together, we will help you be free of pain and regain your functional mobility.

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