Tendinitis, which usually occurs as a result of overuse and inflammation of the tendons of the shoulder joints, can be categorized into two types. Acute tendonitis can come as a result of too much ball throwing for example, or following an extended period of overhead activities at work or during recreational or professional sport.
The other type of tendinitis, chronic tendinitis, tends to be the result of degenerative diseases such as dreaded arthritis. It can also come about as a result of general wear and tear, associated with old age in most cases. It is the four tendons of the rotator cuff which are most commonly affected by tendinitis, which is particularly problematic as the rotator cuff is what gives a person’s shoulder the stability and maneuverability it needs in order to be effective.
For acute episodes of tendinitis, shoulders should respond well to icing and resting, but for more chronic episodes surgery and other interventions may be required.