supraspinatus tendinitis

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what is supraspinatus tendinosis?

Content is medically reviewed by:

Shruti Bangera, Masters In Neurological Physiotherapy, Senior Physiotherapist & SME, Portea

Supraspinatus tendinosis or Supraspinatus tendinitis also called the painful arc syndrome is a common pathological condition of the shoulder where the tendon in the supraspinatus muscle gets inflamed and irritated causing pain and discomfort and restricted mobility of the shoulder.

The main function of the supraspinatus muscle is to abduct (lifting sideways) the arm. The supraspinatus tendon passes between the acromium and the humeral head and impinges upon the acromium resulting in friction, usually this friction is managed by the subacromial bursa but, with persistent strain or increased workload the tendons gets inflamed and results in supraspinatus tendinitis.

Supraspinatus tendinitis is also caused by the supraspinatus tendon tear. This tendon tear results in a painful arc and as the person lifts his hands sideways the supraspinatus tendon impinges upon the tip of the shoulder called the Acromium.

Supraspinatus tendinitis is a pretty common condition and mostly affects people falling in the age group of 25 to 60 years and is more common in athletes involved in baseball, volleyball, etc or people engaged with leisure sports activities over the weekend and people with diabetes.

difference between supraspinatus tendinitis and supraspinatus tendinopathy

Many people confuse between the conditions supraspinatus tendinitis and supraspinatus tendinopathy. Both these pathological conditions affect the shoulder and that is where the similarity of the two ends. While tendinitis is the inflammation of the tendon of the supraspinatus muscle, tendinopathy is a broad term used to describe several supraspinatus tendon injuries like tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, etc.

The difference between supraspinatus tendinitis and supraspinatus tendinopathy is important as both the conditions have different treatment plan. While supraspinatus tendinitis responds well to anti – inflammation treatment, supraspinatus tendinopathy treatment can be a bit lengthy and is more focussed on improving the strength of the tendon and rebuilding the tissues.

supraspinatus tendinitis symptoms

The classic supraspinatus tendinitis symptoms are pain and tenderness over the affected arm, swelling around the affected tendon, limited mobility of the shoulder and a clicking sound might appear because of the supraspinatus tendon slipping in and out of its normal position.

supraspinatus tendinitis causes

The main cause behind Supraspinatus Tendinitis is the inflammation of the Supraspinatus tendons. Another cause of Supraspinatus Tendinitis is the Supraspinatus tear that causes the supraspinatus tendons to impinge upon the acromium leading to pain. The main Supraspinatus tear cause is persistent strain and increased workload along with age related wear and tear.

Supraspinatus Tendinitis Treatment

The Supraspinatus tendinitis treatment plan usually begins with self care and RICE or rest, ice, compression and elevation treatment at home. If this doesn’t help consult a doctor who would prescribe Non – inflammatory anti steroids drugs, if this too doesn’t help then corticoid steroids injection might be given to the patient to heal the pain. Physical therapy is also advised to people with supraspinatus tendinitis to aid the healing process. In a few very rare cases, doctors also recommend surgery when conservative treatment did not bring desired relief.

how can we help?

Supraspinatus Tendinitis can be quite painful and debilitating and for the aid of such patients we offer specialised doctors having the expertise to efficiently deal with such pathological conditions, through our at home healthcare service. We also provide trained and certified physiotherapists to help you with the recovery process. The best part about our at home healthcare services is that our representative health professionals visit you at the comfort of your home and not the other way around. So if you need Supraspinatus Tendinitis treatment at home just give us a call and let us know the time and day of your choosing and we will be there to help you in your recovery.

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