The shoulder is a complex joint and requires a detailed assessment to fully understand all of the reasons why a person may be feeling weakness, pain or restriction with their shoulder movements. Shoulder tendinitis in particular, is a common overuse injury in sports (such as swimming, baseball and tennis) where the arm is used in an overhead motion.
Here, therapy is geared to first regain or maintain range of motion through mobility, endurance and stretching exercises. Strength and stability training usually begin after range of motion has improved. Anti inflammatory therapy such as biopuncture; heat and ice as well as modalities such as dry needling and ultrasound are also considered. Specific exercises are gradually added, with the goal of returning the patient back to their sport as fast as possible.