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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis Treatment And Prevention

After rotator cuff tendonitis has been confirmed there are several treatment options. Depending on the severity of the damage, rest and pain medication will be prescribed and when those measures are not helping, physical therapy or steroid injections may be given.

In extreme cases, surgery may be in order. The surgery can be either to repair any tears, remove bone spurs and inflamed tissue, or to partially or totally replace the shoulder joint. The latter would be a consideration when the injury has already led to atrophy such as severe arthritis.

There are a few things you can do to ease the pain and speed up the healing process right after the injury occurs. First and foremost; rest your shoulder. The second thing is applying ice packs several times a day and taking over-the-counter pain medications to decrease the pain and inflammation.

When after a few days you notice improvement, you can apply a heating pad instead of the ice packs. This will relax the muscles. You would also benefit by doing some easy shoulder stretches or exercises which are recommended by the doctor or a physical therapist. This will keep the muscles flexible and prevent atrophy.

Those exercises are also a great way to prevent rotator cuff tendonitis. By doing them daily, taking regular breaks and rest from the repetitive arm and shoulder activities, and strengthening the surrounding muscles, you can avoid a lot of problems.

Just like the treatment, the healing time too depends on the severity of the injury, but the prognoses are really good. Most of the times, it heals well with medications, physical therapy, injections, and rest. Even for those who need surgery a full range of motion is usually regained.

Rotator cuff tendonitis is very painful and may take you out of commission for a while. So can all those fiery darts that are being shot at you in life. There is a bright future ahead though, because God is always by our side!

Romans 8:31
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?


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