Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

Rotator cuff tendonitis is an irritation or inflammation of the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder that help to stabilize the shoulder joint. Patients will typically notice pain with repetitive overhead or reaching activities.

Signs and symptoms of an Rotator Cuff Tendonitis may include:
  • Pain with shoulder movement, most notably with reaching overhead or behind back
  • Pain may radiate down the arm or into shoulder blade
  • Mild to moderate pain typically
  • Minimal pain at rest unless irritated or chronic, may disturb rest
  • Possible weakness and loss of range of motion
  • Tenderness to touch muscle bellies and insertions

A doctor may suggest icing and resting the shoulder or modifying activity.

Physical Therapy

Certified Physical Therapists work closely with doctors to create an individualized program to focus on shoulder and scapular range of motion and strengthening.


An injection may be used for pain relief


Anti-inflammatory medication can be used for pain relief.


Surgical consult if improvements not made with conservative measures.