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rotator cuff tendonitis

Does shockwave therapy helps to treat rotator cuff tendonitis?

Understanding Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

Rotator cuff tendonitis affects the tendons and muscles surrounding the shoulder joint and is often caused by repetitive movements in activities such as plumbing, volleyball, or basketball. If individuals or patients experience symptoms such as shoulder pain, weakness, popping, or discomfort, it could be indicative of rotator cuff tendonitis. While strengthening exercises, anti-inflammatory medications, and pain relief treatments like cortisone injections can provide temporary relief, they may not address chronic cases effectively. This is where shockwave therapy emerges as a potential solution. Shockwave therapy offers a non-invasive approach that utilizes high-energy sound waves to stimulate healing and alleviate pain, providing a promising alternative for long-term relief from rotator cuff tendonitis.

How Does Shockwave Therapy work for Rotator Cuff?

Shockwave therapy utilizes acoustic sound waves to administer controlled micro-trauma to the shoulder area. This treatment approach proves beneficial in breaking down calcified deposits, thus alleviating pain in the rotator cuff and facilitating the healing process. 

Unlike invasive methods like surgery, shockwave therapy is non-invasive and doesn’t involve medication. The pressure waves emitted by the shockwave machine stimulate blood flow and cellular growth, harnessing the body’s natural healing mechanisms. 

Additionally, patients receive the advantages of a drug-free treatment, avoiding long-term side effects associated with medications. The non-invasive nature of shockwave therapy presents a promising alternative for individuals seeking effective and safe treatment options for rotator cuff injuries.

Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

Rotator cuff tendonitis manifests as pain in the outer region of the upper arm, and sometimes in the front and top of the shoulder. This pain is often exacerbated when raising the hands above the head or reaching behind the body. Additionally, it can disturb sleep, causing nighttime awakenings. These specific symptoms, including pain location and aggravating factors, are commonly associated with rotator cuff tendinopathy and can help identify the condition.

  • Swelling or tenderness around the shoulder area
  • Limited range of motion in the shoulder joint, especially when raising or rotating the arm
  • Weakness in the affected shoulder, leading to difficulty in certain activities
  • Discomfort and pain may intensify at night, especially when lying on the affected side

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis Causes

Tendons and ligaments get weaker with age and require more time to heal. In the following circumstances, rotator cuff tendinopathy is more prone to occur:

  • Repetitive activities involving the shoulder, such as overhead throwing, lifting, or reaching
  • Overuse or excessive strain on the shoulder tendons
  • Being injured and experiencing discomfort in your shoulder socket joint
  • Poor posture, particularly rounded shoulders or forward head posture
  • Age-related degeneration of the tendons

How long does rotator cuff tendonitis take to recover?

The recovery period for rotator cuff tendonitis or a minor tear ranges from two to four weeks, while more persistent cases may require several months for complete healing. It is important to note that individual recovery times can vary. However, allowing sufficient time for rest and proper rehabilitation is crucial to facilitate the healing process. Patience and adherence to a structured treatment plan, which may include exercises, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications, can contribute to a successful recovery from rotator cuff tendonitis or a small tear.

Why choose Proremedy for shockwave therapy?

Proremedy offers a compelling choice for shockwave therapy due to several reasons. Firstly, their team consists of experienced and skilled professionals in Streetsville who specialize in administering shockwave therapy for various conditions, including rotator cuff tendonitis. Secondly, Proremedy utilizes state of the art shockwave machines that deliver precise and effective treatment. Additionally, they prioritize patient comfort and safety throughout the therapy sessions. With their expertise, advanced equipment, and patient-centered approach, We provides a reliable and quality option for individuals seeking shockwave therapy for their rotator cuff tendonitis.

The Bottom Line:

Shockwave therapy has shown promising results as a treatment for rotator cuff tendonitis. Although further research is still needed, early evidence suggests that shockwave therapy can effectively reduce pain, improve function, and promote healing in the affected shoulder. By utilizing acoustic sound waves, this non-invasive treatment stimulates the body’s natural healing processes, enhancing blood circulation and tissue regeneration. Additionally, shockwave therapy offers the advantage of being drug-free and generally well-tolerated. While individual results may vary, considering shockwave therapy as an alternative or complementary treatment option for rotator cuff tendonitis is a worthwhile consideration, which can be discussed with a healthcare professional.

Picture of Physiotherapist Arpan Hundal

Physiotherapist Arpan Hundal

Arpan has been practicing as a physiotherapist since 2010, starting her career in a trauma center in India where she worked with post-traumatic and post-operative cases. She moved to Canada and continued her independent practice, specializing in musculoskeletal, orthopaedic issues, sports injuries, and pelvic health physiotherapy. She has experience dealing with MVA and WSIB clients and has been working in the Mississauga community since 2015.

Picture of Physiotherapist Arpan Hundal

Physiotherapist Arpan Hundal

Arpan has been practicing as a physiotherapist since 2010, starting her career in a trauma center in India where she worked with post-traumatic and post-operative cases. She moved to Canada and continued her independent practice, specializing in musculoskeletal, orthopaedic issues, sports injuries, and pelvic health physiotherapy. She has experience dealing with MVA and WSIB clients and has been working in the Mississauga community since 2015.

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