How to Treat Tendonitis in the Shoulder

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To treat tendonitis in the shoulder, use a resistance exercise band to improve posture and strengthen the muscles of the shoulder blade. Stabilize and strengthen shoulder blade muscles for relief from tendonitis of the shoulder with help from a physical therapist in this free video on physical therapy treatments.

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Hi, my name is Tricia Trinque, and I'm a physical therapist at Seabreeze Physical Therapy. And today, we'll be talking about how to treat tendinitis of the shoulder. You'll need the following materials. First, a resistance exercise band, in addition, we'll be needing a pillow to lay down with, as well as a shoulder roll or pillow. Shoulder tendinitis often comes on because of repetitive injuries or stress to the shoulder joints. What we often find also, is that poor posture and weakness in the muscles of the shoulder blade. Can also give us difficulty and discomfort and causing shoulder tendinitis. So, one of the first exercises that we need to do is, squeezing the shoulder blades together, ensuring good postural strength of these muscles. Do a squeeze, hold for a count of five, relax. Squeeze again, making sure we're breathing as we squeeze, and relax. This promotes good shoulder and scapular stabilization, to help with reduction of tendinitis of the shoulder. Next, we'll be doing an exercise to further strengthen the muscles of the shoulder blade area, in order to help with the healing process of the tendinitis. First, you'll be placing a pillow underneath of the shoulder that is having the tendinitis problem. Where the shoulder and the elbow are level with each other. So, the elbow is in line with the shoulder, resting comfortably on the pillow. The hand is wrapped around the resistance band, the thumb is pointing towards the head. The opposite hand is holding on to the end of the resistance band. And we first ask Michelle to press her elbow straight down, into the roll. Which engages the lower shoulder blade and now, she will straighten her elbow from a 90 degree position to a 45 degree position. Notice, it's not all the way straight, we're working to stabilize and strengthen those lower shoulder blade muscles. And she returns after holding for a count of five, and repeats ten times. Again, my name is Tricia Trinque with Seabreeze Physical Therapy. We've demonstrated two stabilization exercises with shoulder tendinitis. In addition to performing these exercises, it is recommended that you utilize ice t decrease the pain and inflammation. And should you experience any additional discomfort, please contact your physical therapist or physician for further evaluation.

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