Tendinitis (also called shoulder tendonitis) is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon, a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle.
Anyone can get tendinitis, but it is more common in adults, especially those over 40 years of age. As tendons age they tolerate less stress, are less elastic, and are easier to tear.
Tendinitis is most often caused by repetitive motion, minor impact on the affected area, or from a sudden, serious injury.
Tendinitis may take weeks to months to go away, depending on the severity of your injury.
Initial treatment of shoulder tendinitis includes:
- Avoiding activities that aggravate the problem
- Resting the injured area
- Icing the area the day of the injury
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs or using topical anti-inflammatory gels