Biceps tendinitis is inflammation of the tendon arising from the biceps muscle. Rotator cuff tendinitis is inflammation of the collection of tendons, muscles and ligaments around the shoulder joint. Usually the bursae, which are adjacent to these structures, also become inflamed. If the rotator cuff and bursa are irritated, inflamed, and swollen, then they may become squeezed between the head of the humerus and the acromion, a bony protrusion of the scapula. This is termed "Impingement Syndrome".
Painful Shoulder (Shoulder tendinitis, rotator cuff tendinitis, shoulder bursitis, shoulder impingement syndrome)
A painful shoulder may be the result of a single condition. It is not infrequent, however, to have one or more associated conditions occurring at the same time. The rotator cuff is the combination of tendons, muscles, and ligaments that hold the head (ball) of the humerus (upper arm bone) in the shoulder socket (fossa of scapula). The biceps tendon passes over the head of the humerus and is in close association with the rotator cuff. The bursa of the shoulder is also adjacent to these structures.
Athletes and workers commonly complain of pain arising from the muscles, tendons, and ligaments around the shoulder joint. The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body and is frequently subjected to repetitive stress injury in both recreational and occupational activities. Those who frequently reach, lift, or throw overhead are likely candidates to develop one of these conditions. Alternative and frequently use names for this collection of disorders include "pitcher's shoulder", "swimmer's shoulder", "tennis shoulder", and "impingement syndrome".
The Sonocur® Orthopedic Extracorporeal Shockwave system is available in Canada and other countries where regulatory approval has been obtained. The Sonocur® Basic is FDA approved in the United States for the treatment of chronic lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow).
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