Rotator Cuff Tendinitis Treatment in Seattle, WA
Rotator cuff tendinitis is inflammation and early deterioration of the rotator cuff tendons. Rotator cuff tendinitis can occur for a variety of reasons. Overuse of the shoulder is almost always part of the problem.
Dr. Fuchs is a fellowship board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder conditions in patients located near Seattle. If you are experiencing symptoms of rotator cuff tendinitis, please call (425) 823-4000 to schedule an appointment at our orthopedic clinic in Kirkland, WA. Dr. Fuchs will take the time to fully evaluate your condition and will discuss the surgical and non-surgical treatments available.
How Do I Know If It’s Shoulder Bursitis or Impingement?
In some patients, a bone spur under the acromion can rub on the rotator cuff leading to tendinitis or bursitis (inflammation of the bursa). When the arm is in the overhead position this can cause pain. This particular form of tendinitis is referred to as shoulder impingement. This may also contribute to rotator cuff tearing over time.
How is a Rotator Cuff Injury Treated?
The initial treatment for rotator cuff tendinitis is activity modification, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medications. If this is unsuccessful, an injection of steroid (or cortisone) around the rotator cuff can improve symptoms.
Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery
If pain persists despite these measures, patients may be candidates for arthroscopic surgery. This involves cleaning out the inflamed tissue around the rotator cuff (bursa) and removing any bone spurs that may be rubbing against it. This can be done in a minimally invasive arthroscopic fashion through small incisions on an outpatient basis.
Schedule a Consultation for Rotator Cuff Tendinitis Treatment in Kirkland
If you are experiencing discomfort cause by inflammation due to rotator cuff tendinitis, contact Dr. Robin Fuchs to discuss how you can manage your symptoms and treat the condition. Dr. Fuchs is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the treatmetn of shoulder pain and shoulder injuries. For more information on rotator cuff tendinitis, please call (425) 823-4000 to schedule a consultation at our orthopedic clinic in Kirkland, WA.