Shoulder Tendonitis

Bodybuilding is a sport that involves a number of risks, including the risk of shoulder tendonitis is among the first places. If you learn to train ourselves properly, to heed us well and we are continually attentive to what we do, this risk of shoulder tendonitis is reduced. However, sometimes unexpectable takes place and we could be “victims” of wrong moves that lead to trauma of soft structures, such as shoulder tendonitis. The shoulder joint is a structure that is in high demand during power training, so it can be quite easily damaged. Great attention should be given to exercises with free weights and with higher load, in which a case of a brief moment of uncertainty leads to a local disaster.

Shoulder tendonitis, bursitis and shoulder compression syndrome are closely related and may occur either alone or in combination. If the external rotation muscles of the shoulder (large round, small round and infra scapular) and the shoulder bursitis are irritated, inflamed and inflated, they can be caught between the humeral head and acromion. Repeated movements involving the arm or the aging process involving the shoulder motion over the years can also irritate and leads to the damage of the tendon, muscle and neighboring structures. Shoulder tendonitis is the inflammation (redness, pain and swelling) of the tendon. The shoulder tendonitis, the external rotation muscles of the shoulder and / or the biceps tendon become inflamed, usually due to friction by neighboring structures. Trauma can vary from mild inflammation to the involvement of all the shoulder muscles which produce rotation.

Compression syndrome and shoulder tendonitis are often accompanied by inflammation of the shoulder bag that protects the shoulder. Inflamed bursa is called bursitis. The inflammation caused by diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis can cause shoulder tendonitis and bursitis of the shoulder rotators muscles. A sport involving the overuse of the shoulder or various activities which requires raising the arms above the head represents potential irritation causes of the bursa or of the rotators muscles and can lead to irritation or compression.

The signs of these disorders include a debut with mild discomfort and pain in the upper shoulder or upper third of arm and / or difficulty sleeping on the affected shoulder. Shoulder tendonitis and bursitis cause pain when the arm is raised above the head or away from the body. If shoulder tendonitis involves also the biceps tendon (the tendon located in front of the shoulder), pain will occur in the anterior and / or lateral part of the shoulder and may radiate to the elbow and forearm. Pain can also occur when the arm is forcefully pushed to the top.

Shoulder tendonitis and bursitis diagnosis begins with a medical history and a physical examination. On radiographs can not be seen the tendons and the bursas, but are useful to eliminate the possibility of bone abnormalities and arthritis. Your doctor may drain fluid from the inflamed areas to be analyzed, in the idea of a possible infection. Compression syndrome can be confirmed if by injecting a small amount of anesthetic (lidocaine) in the space under the acromion, the pain is diminished.

The first step in treating shoulder tendonitis is to reduce pain and inflammation with rest (prohibition movements that cause pain), ice application in the acute phase and the administration of anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, naproxen or ibuprofen. In some cases, the doctor or therapist will use ultrasound to heat the deep tissues and improve the blood flow. Light stretching and toning exercises of the muscles will be introduced gradually. If there is no improvement in the patient, the doctor may use corticosteroid injections in the space under the acromion.

These shoulder injury are chronicized greatly unless treated in time, so it is good to take precautions as soon as you felt a sharp pain on the shoulder joint in such exercises with dumbbells waving pushed by barbell on neck, lateral raises arms with dumbbells or any other exercise that involves a lot of this hinges adjacent muscles.

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