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Shoulder Tendinitis & Bursitis Shockwave Treatment.

Shoulder Tendinitis & Bursitis Shockwave Treatment

Although Shoulder Tendinitis can be caused by a sudden injury, the condition is much more likely to stem from the repetition of a particular movement over time. Many people develop tendinitis because their jobs involve repetitive motions, such as frequent overhead reaching, or sports like golf, swimming, tennis, and bowls all of which put stress on the tendons.

Shoulder Tendinitis can be a debilitating condition for men and women of all ages causing excruciating pain for many of them and stopping them enjoying their lifestyle and, or sport. We recommend you visit us if you have any problems with your shoulder so that we can ascertain the problem and treat it quickly before your condition becomes chronic. Numerous clients have overcome Shoulder Tendinitis in record time with focused Shockwave treatment plus Magneto transduction therapy enabling them to get back to a normal pain-free life and their sport quickly.

Types of Tendinitis

Shoulder tendonitis and bursitis are common causes of shoulder pain and stiffness. They indicate swelling (inflammation) of a particular area within the shoulder joint. Two types of tendinitis can affect the shoulder, biceps tendinitis and rotor cuff tendinitis.

Biceps Tendinitis

Biceps tendinitis causes pain in the front or side of the shoulder and may travel down to the elbow and forearm. Pain can also occur when raising the arm overhead. The biceps muscle, in the front of the upper arm, helps stabilize the upper arm bone (humerus) in the shoulder socket. It also helps accelerate and decelerate the arm during overhead movement in an activity such as tennis, golf, swimming and work related activities.

Research published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine ( concluded that, Shockwave therapy is  “a novel, effective, and safe treatment for Chronic Distal Biceps Tendinopathy (cDBT).”

Rotor Cuff Tendinitis

Rotator cuff tendinopathy (RCT), subacromial impingement (SAIS), and medial (MEP) and lateral (LEP) epicondylitis are the most common causes of upper limb pain.

RCT causes shoulder pain at the tip of the shoulder and the upper, outer arm. It can be caused by repeated motion of the arms, or simply the aging process since as tendons age, they tolerate less stress, are less elastic, and tear more easily.

The rotator cuff is primarily a group of four muscles that attach the arm to the shoulder joint and allow the arm to rotate and elevate. If the rotator cuff and bursa are irritated, inflamed, and swollen, they may become compressed between the head of the humerus and the acromion, the outer edge of the shoulder blade. The pain can be aggravated by reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting, raising the arm above shoulder level, or lying on the affected side.

Improper technique in any sport is one of the primary causes of shoulder tendonitis, but you don’t have to be a professional athlete to develop this condition. It is more common in adults, especially those over 40-years of age and those working in jobs that involve overhead assembly work, butchering and heavy lifting – it can also be caused by a direct blow to the shoulder area or falling on an outstretched arm

Rehabilitation Programs

Treatment goals include reduction in pain and inflammation, as well as preserving mobility and preventing disability and recurrence. Treatment includes:

  • Aerobic conditioning
  • Flexibility training
  • The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Cryotherapy – ice massage or ice packs

Because most cases of tendonitis are caused by overuse, the best treatment is prevention. It is important to avoid or modify the activities that cause the problem. Underlying conditions such as improper posture or poor technique in sports or work must be corrected.

Causes of rotor cuff pain.

Shockwave Therapy & Shoulder Tendinitis

Patients who have suffered from shoulder tendinitis for some time and also those that have only recently shown the symptoms, can often make a faster recovery and return to their sport, exercise regime or daily work by undergoing shock wave therapy. In independent research published by The American Journal of Sports Medicine – shock wave therapy appeared to be more effective and safer than traditional conservative treatments in the management of patients with shoulder tendinitis.

Shoulder tendinitis shockwave therapy.

EMTT Therapy for Shoulder Tendinitis

Additionally, we now also recommend EMTT therapy in conjunction with Shockwave therapy as we have had excellent outcomes using this treatment on our Tendinitis clients. The combined treatment often allows patients to return to their daily activities without pain, or participation in their sport more quickly.

We are one of the few clinics in the country offering this combined treatment and therefore, if you are suffering from pain in your shoulder, you should contact us sooner rather than later.

EMTT Therapy shoulder tendinitis

To book treatment for Shoulder Tendinitis please request a specialist clinician to call you back to arrange an initial assessment Tel: 020 8549 6666 or complete the Contact Form below.

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