Shoulder injuries are a regular complaint in our practice and account for the most common extremity disorder that we see. The shoulder itself is by far the most mobile joint in the body, with up to 180 degrees of motion in multiple planes. However, with the benefits of great motion comes the negative of also being a very unstable joint. Due to this instability, the surrounding soft tissues become damaged easily and could result in pain, discomfort, and loss of motion.
Tendonitis (or tendinitis) is defined as inflammation or irritation of a tendon – the thick, fibrous tissue that connects muscle to bone. Most people will develop this painful condition during the course of their lives, although many may not understand what the pain actually indicates. This article will focus on causes, symptoms, and treatment of tendonitis.