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On the Pitcher’s Mound: Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

Though we do not notice it, our shoulder’s range in motion is amazing. Because it has a vast range for mobility, we can perform various activities. Throwing a baseball/softball. Swimming in the public pool. Reaching for an item on a high shelf. Even reaching back to put an arm through a shirt sleeve. All these actions are possible thanks to that range in motion. However, once we feel pain in our shoulder, doing any actions can feel debilitating.  This is certainly the case when it comes to rotator cuff tendinitis.

Rotator cuff tendinitis refers to the irritation or inflammation of tendons and muscles in the shoulder. With time, this condition can develop because of sleeping on the shoulder, keeping it in one position for a while, falling on an outstretched arm, or playing certain sports requiring repetitive arm movement. The most common sports where athletes develop rotator cuff tendinitis include baseball/softball, tennis, and swimming. For non-athletes, the exact cause behind it is unknown. Regardless, most people can recover from rotator cuff tendinitis, and they can return to their daily routine without further pain.


When talking about the rotator cuff, we are focusing on the group of tendons and muscles in your shoulder. This bundle of muscles helps the upper arm stay inside the socket, along with providing strength and motion to use the arm. Once the tendons in this joint become damaged, swollen, or irritated, patients can expect swelling and tenderness in that area. Additional signs of rotator cuff tendinitis include loss of strength and/or range of motion, and even a “clicking” sound when raising the arm over the head. Pain from this condition, especially as it gets worse, can cause a patient to wake up in the middle of the night.


Athletic or not, people over the age of 40 are more likely to experience rotator cuff tendinitis. This can be due to having arthritis, which develops over time, or a pinched nerve in the neck. In addition, if there is a history of shoulder pain in the family, a patient may be prone to it as well.


Any shoulder pain, especially rotator cuff tendinitis, should not be ignored. Here at Diamond Chiropractic, our team is exceptional when it comes to rotator cuff tendinitis, and we work to provide you the best treatment plan. If you, or someone you know, are looking for conservative care in Omaha, then Diamond Chiropractic is your best option.

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