How We Treat

Shoulder Tendinopathy

What is shoulder tendinopathy?

It is inflammation of the shoulder tendons.

What are the symptoms of shoulder tendinopathy?

People suffering with tendinopathy in their shoulder will often have a reduced range of movement of the shoulder.  They will have pain around the shoulder which will sometimes refer down towards the elbow.  The pain is most likely to start 12-24 hours after playing sport or doing an activity where your shoulder was being used.

Why does it happen / what causes shoulder tendinitis?

Small microtears in the shoulder muscles can mean the tendons have to work harder and become inflamed.  The shoulder muscles and the tendons have a poor nerve and blood supply which translates to a poor reception of pain when damage is occurring.  By the time we notice the pain, the injury can by that point be quite debilitating.  Because of these factors, injuries to the shoulder also tend to have a slow recovery time.

Self-help measures

If you are round shoulders and are embarking on an activity where your shoulder muscles will be used, it might be worth addressing the posture of your middle-back to re-align your shoulder position to try and prevent tendonitis.

If you are already in pain, alternate putting heat and ice over the painful points to stimulate blood flow to the area and begin the healing process.  Try stretching the front and back capsules of your shoulder.

What can The StoneHouse Clinic do?

Our professional staff can assess your injury, to see exactly what tendon or tendons are affected, and can then give you bespoke treatments to either patch you up so you can carry on with activity, and provide pro-active treatment to help heal the injury more quickly.  Treatment will be individual to you and your injury but may include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Bespoke massage techniques
  • Taping to alleviate stress on the muscles
  • Electrotherapy to promote healing of the injured tissues
  • Shockwave treatment for more persistent tendinopathy or where a quick recovery is needed
  • Ultrasound guided steroid injections for persistent tendinopathy


If you think you may have shoulder tendinitis and would like to book an appointment with one of our friendly and experienced Physiotherapists at The StoneHouse Clinic in Corsham, Wiltshire then please contact us.


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