Rotator Cuff Tendonitis Cause and Diagnosis
For those of you who are not familiar with this condition; it is an injury, inflammation, irritation, or damage to the tendons or muscles which connect the upper arm bone with the shoulder blade and firmly hold the ball in place in its socket.
Rotator cuff tendonitis is also known as swimmer's shoulder, pitcher's shoulder, tennis shoulder, shoulder impingement syndrome, or simply tendonitis or tendinitis.
The first three names are derived from sports, because the constantly repeated arm activities are often the cause for this condition, but a fall, regular wear and tear, poor posture, and heavy lifting can as well.
People over 40, and especially those who exercise or practice a sport which requires many of the same arm movements above the head, have a higher risk of coming down with rotator cuff tendonitis. The older you get, the more that risk increases.
In order to avoid further complications such as bursitis, or worsen the existing damage, it is best to see a doctor when you have pain in your shoulder for more then a week and are hardly able to use your arm.
He will probably conduct a physical exam and have X-rays taken. A MRI or ultrasound scan may be some of the other options to assist the diagnosis and determine the best treatment.
There are a few things you can do to heal quicker or even prevent rotator cuff tendonitis and I will get around to those soon.
In the mean time, remember that although you may not be able to lift up your arms, you can always lift up your face in prayer. God hears!
And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.