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Supraspinatus Tendinitis (Rotator cuffs disease)

What is Supraspinatus Tendinitis?

Supraspinatus Tendinitis, also known as Rotator cuffs disease, is a condition of the shoulder in which the tendons of the Supraspinatus muscles (part of rotator cuff muscles) get inflamed and irritated while passing through the sub acromial space, the passage beneath the acromion.

What causes Supraspinatus Tendinitis?

Various reasons responsible for Supraspinatus Tendinitis include:

  • Inflammation of the tendons of Supraspinatus muscles
  • Muscle imbalance
  • Repeated stressful overhead motions
  • Increased work load of muscles
  • Rotator cuff overload
  • Overstress of tendon due to muscle weakness
  • Direct trauma to the shoulder
  • Gradual degeneration of muscle due to age factor
  • Poor posture
What are the symptoms of Supraspinatus Tendinitis?

The main symptoms of Supraspinatus Tendinitis are:

  • Pain in the shoulder especially when you lift your arm above head
  • Weakness, swelling and tenderness in the shoulder as well as arm
  • Restricted mobility of shoulder
  • Shoulder stiffness
How can Supraspinatus Tendinitis be treated?

The treatment for Supraspinatus Tendinitis includes:

  • Anti-inflammatory nonsteroidal drugs and pain relievers
  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy (strengthening exercises, electrical stimulation)
  • Cryotherapy
  • Surgery (arthroscopy)