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Shoulder pain can have many names

Shoulder Tendinitis

Shoulder Tendonitis

Shoulder Pain  

Shoulder Impingement

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis


Shoulder tendonitis is an inflammation of your rotator cuff or biceps tendon. Rotator cuff consists of the muscles and tendons in your shoulder. They connect your upper arm bone to your shoulder blade.

Usually, this problem develops gradually. It might happen as a result of resting on your shoulder every night, engaging in activities that demand lifting your arm over your head, or maintaining your shoulder in one position for an extended period of time.

It is also known as rotator cuff tendonitis when the rotator cuff tendon becomes inflamed and thickened.


Causes of Shoulder tendonitis 

When a tendon is constricted by adjacent structures, it frequently results in shoulder tendonitis. When we engage in hobbies or play specific sports where frequent movement of arm over head is required, the condition is common. Baseball, weightlifting, volleyball, racket sports, and certain swimming strokes are some examples of these sports. Repetitive shoulder level & overhead activities at work also contributes to Shoulder Tendonitis.


Symptoms of Shoulder Tendonitis / tendinitis

Shoulder Tendonitis / tendinitis frequently worsen with time. Resting may help with the initial symptoms, but later symptoms may become enduring. Symptoms of tendinitis include:

  • pain in the front of shoulder and side of arm
  • pain triggered by raising or lowering arm
  • occasional clicking sound when raising arm
  • stiffness
  • disturbed sleep
  • Reaching, pushing, pulling activities painful
  • loss of mobility and strength in the affected arm


Physiotherapy Examination

History and Physical Examination

After discussing symptoms and medical history, Physiotherapist will examine affected shoulder. Physiotherapist will check to area of tenderness. To measure the range of motion of affected shoulder, Physiotherapist will have you move your arm in several different directions and compare Range of motion with unaffected shoulder. Physiotherapist will also test your arm strength of affected with unaffected.

Physiotherapist may also examine neck to make sure that the pain is not coming from a pinched nerve, and to rule out other conditions, such as arthritis.

Followed by performing Special orthopaedic tests to come on to a working diagnosis.



Physiotherapy can be treatment of Choice for Shoulder Tendonitis / Tendinitis


  • The initial goal of a physiotherapist will be to decrease your shoulder pain.
  • Exercises to improve strength in Shoulder
  • Improve ROM (range of motion) through stretching, manual techniques and exercises are particularly beneficial.
  • Physiotherapist may use Electrical modalities to decrease pain
  • Also, Home exercise program will be given to the patient.

The exercises listed below may aid in your shoulder's recovery.

Disclaimer: Before beginning, discuss these exercises with a registered physiotherapist.


If you're a good candidate for these exercises, a physiotherapist will advise you on how to perform them safely.


  1. Pendulum
  2. Wall Ladder
  3. Isometrics
  4. Resistance band exercises
  5. Stretching of certain muscle/muscle groups
  • Trapezius stretching
  • Cross body deltoid stretching
  • Door way stretch of Pectoralis major


In addition to exercises, soft tissue release or increased flexibility in the trapezius, latissimus dorsi, and pectoralis major muscles help the shoulder tendonitis heal. Best physiotherapy for Shoulder pain mississauga


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