Supraspinatus Tendonitis Facts

Supraspinatus tendonitis, also commonly called rotator cuff tendonitis, is swelling and ripping of the supraspinatus. Supraspinatus consists of the tendons and muscles that hold the upper arm shoulder joint. Supraspinatus tendonitis can occur when there is overuse, an injury, or simply with aging as the tendon loses its elasticity, the ability to stretch.

Individuals most susceptible to supraspinatus tendonitis are athletes that go through the motion of repeated over heard arm movements, such as pitching, swimming, weight lifting, etc. It can also inflict individuals who have rheumatoid arthritis and/or diabetes. The most typical cause of supraspinatus tendonitis are newly begun exercise programs, or an increase of exercise intensity.

In addition to these reasons, other common causes of supraspinatus tendonitis are the following:

  • Poor core strength
  • Genetic abnormalities
  • Drastic increase in the intensity or frequency of training

Some symptoms of supraspinatus tendonitis include pain or tenderness along the tendon, specifically close to the shoulder joint, pain at night, and stiffness after exercise. If you experience any of these symptoms, you might have supraspinatus tendonitis. You should consult your doctor.

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