Rotator Cuff Tendinosis is a relatively common form of tendinosis that is caused by the overuse of the rotator cuff as a result of repetitive overactivity, age, or genetics. On a structural level, tendinosis means that your affected tendon has structurally changed due to its overuse and will potentially, over time, tear. Rotator cuff tendinosis is most commonly found in adults and often identified by the patient experiencing chronic shoulder pain and/or the following symptoms:
- Joint stiffness
- Inflammation or swelling of the shoulder
- Severe pain that may hinder your movement
- Noticeable weakness in your arm and shoulder
- Cracking or grating noise when moving your rotator cuff and shoulder
It’s important to note that tendinosis is not caused by one injury or traumatic event (known as tendonitis) but actually the result of repetitive use (overuse) of your rotator cuff and shoulder for an extended period of time or a shoulder injury that hasn’t fully healed. Treating rotator cuff tendinosis often requires you to stop or dramatically decrease the use of your shoulder to allow your body time to rest and fully heal itself.
Since the blood supply to tendons is rather low, recovery time can sometimes take up to three to six months, depending on the severity of your tendinosis and proactiveness in seeking medical attention. Through physical therapy and other treatments prescribed by Westside Orthopaedic Clinic, we work hard to get you feeling better and fully recovered as quickly as possible.
At Westside Orthopaedic Clinic, and our staff work with many patients who suffer from rotator cuff tendinosis every week and are happy to share that most, if not all, of our patients experience a full recovery.