Shoulder tendonitis or tendonitis is an inflammation injury to the tendons of your shoulders rotator cuff. Inflammation is not always present in injuries to the shoulder tendons, but when it is, it is medically know as a rotator cuff tendinopathy or tendinopathies. A common cause of tendonitis is repeated micro-trauma to the rotator cuff tendon rather than a specific one time trauma.
The main symptoms are an acute (sudden) onset of pain and painful movement of the shoulder. Pain is worst when you use your arm for activities above your shoulder level. This means that the pain can affect your ability to lift your arm up – for example, to comb your hair or dress yourself. Swimming, basketball and painting can be painful but writing and typing can produce little in the way of pain. Pain may also affect sleep.
The good news is that most shoulder tendonitis is reversible and very successfully treated.

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