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About Shoulder Tendinitis

Whether your shoulder hurts due a sudden injury or has gradually been worsening due to repetitive motions, treatment for what may be shoulder tendinitis is effective if you catch it early enough. Don’t wait to call on the expert spine doctors at the Spine & Rehab Group, with offices in New York City’s Financial District, Greenwich Village and Midtown Manhattan. In New Jersey, contact the nearest office in Paramus, Riverdale, Englewood Cliffs, Cranford or East Brunswick. Don’t suffer the pain and limitations of shoulder tendonitis; get immediate relief and the best advice to keep you pain free. Call for an appointment today.

What Is Shoulder Tendinitis?

Shoulder tendinitis is irritation or inflammation of the rotator cuff and biceps tendon, which are structures that keep your shoulder in place. If you have shoulder pain that’s making it difficult to do everyday activities, you may have shoulder tendonitis.

Your shoulder is vulnerable to injury and inflammation because of how much you use it every day. Shoulder stiffness and pain may indicate that you’ve developed shoulder tendinitis, shoulder bursitis or a frozen shoulder. It’s time to visit a spine specialist who deals with these conditions on a daily basis. In New York City or northern New Jersey, consult with Dr. Amr Hosny and his team of experts at the Spine & Rehab Group for an accurate diagnosis and treatment for shoulder tendinitis or other conditions that trigger shoulder pain.

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What Are the Symptoms of Shoulder Tendinitis?

Symptoms of shoulder tendonitis can vary from one person to another. What you feel can range from mild to severe. Signs and symptoms you may experience include:

While certain activities can worsen the pain of shoulder tendinitis, you also may have pain even when your shoulder is still. As your condition worsens, the pain may even wake you up during the night. You may experience loss of mobility and strength, which degrades your quality of life.

What Causes Shoulder Tendinitis?

Tendonitis in the shoulder is usually caused by a tendon that’s pinched by the structures surrounding it. Possible causes include:

Athletes who participate in sports that involve repetitive movements are particularly vulnerable. Sports such as swimming, baseball, tennis and golf make you susceptible to a shoulder injury. The risk of developing this condition is high for occupations that require overhead work, such as assembly line work or construction. In some people, tendinitis shoulder pain develops with no apparent cause.

How Is Shoulder Tendinitis Diagnosed?

To find out whether you have shoulder tendinitis, your doctor asks questions about your symptoms and medical history. Because each person is unique and the goal of the Sports & Rehab Group team is to provide you with the least invasive treatment, your doctor seeks to know more about your work and lifestyle. The examination of your shoulder includes:

Your doctor may also order imaging tests. An x-ray doesn’t identify problems with soft tissue, but it may show a small bone spur. An MRI or ultrasound can better show soft tissue damage, such as fluid or inflammation in the rotator cuff or bursa.

What’s Involved in Shoulder Tendonitis Treatment?

Shoulder tendonitis treatment aims to reduce pain and inflammation while restoring function. Dr. Hosny strongly encourages the use of interventional treatments that are the least invasive before suggesting more invasive shoulder tendonitis treatments. You may respond well to treatments such as:

Over-the-counter pain creams containing capsaicin or menthol may also help provide some relief from pain. If your symptoms aren’t relieved after trying a conservative approach, your doctor may recommend a cortisone shot. If your pain continues or if your rotator cuff has been torn, your doctor may consider whether you’d benefit from surgery to repair the damage.

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I came to the spine and rehab group for my back and leg pain. I was able to get an appointment the same day I called. The staff was very friendly and courteous. The doctors were very knowledgeable and took time to explain what was causing my pain and answer all my questions. I felt comfortable having my procedure done in their state of the art surgery center, where the staff made you feel at ease. They are very easy to reach and available to answer all your questions.

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The entire staff at The Spine & Rehab group is great. They are so helpful and kind. The doctors really take time to talk to their patients and answer any and all of the questions that I had. I've had office visits and procedures done and everyone to the front desk, to the nurses. and the doctors were just great and knowledgeable. They really got me feeling better as well. Since I starting going there my pain has improved greatly! I would recommend The Spine & Rehab Group to everyone!

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The Spine & Rehab Group is my go to place for chronic pain. The doctors are compassionate and supportive. The nurses and staff are professional and so caring. I have been a patient here for almost 10 years . The doctors and physician assistant are extremely knowledgeable and always looking for the best way to help with my chronic pain! I always recommend The Spine & Rehab Group to people dealing with pain, I even tell my other doctors what wonderful doctors they are.

Val B.

These days it’s hard to find a professional, yet extremely caring physicians office, particularly in the field of Pain Management. Dr. Hosny, Dr. Chu, physician’s assistant Summer and the entire staff have managed to make this happen. Robin helped me many times with insurance to ensure that I got my shots in a timely manner (Hi Robin!). I’ve been going to this office for about three years and I couldn’t be more pleased!


I went to Dr. Hosny with lower back pain. I spend many hours sitting in a truck for my job. After an hour or so I would get pain in my back. Since I am a truck driver, pain killers were not an option for me. After a few sessions with Dr. Hosny, I am pain free. The staff at New Jersey Pain Care Center and are wonderful and caring people. I would recommend anyone go to Dr. Hosny if they want real results.


I had gone to Dr. Hosny with severe back pain after spinal surgery. It was debilitating pain that stopped me from being able to function normally. Dr. Hosny suggested that I have a Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted in my back. It is the best thing I EVER did. I am so excited to be able to return to my normal life with no medication. My experience at the pain center was wonderful. The nurses were very understanding and kind.


I have had back surgeries that provided me no relief from my pain. After a few treatments with Dr. Hosny, I have almost no discomfort. I have no need for my pain medication anymore, and have been able to go back to working out and enjoying activities with my family. I was pleasantly surprised at the treatment I received at New Jersey Pain Care Center. The staff is very nice, and treats you with respect. The facility is clean, bright and everything is brand new.


I had been having pain in my neck for many years. I had been to other doctors and they all recommended that I have surgery. I was hesitant to get surgery, so I wanted one more opinion. I had a friend tell me about Dr. Hosny and New Jersey Pain Care Center. From the moment I met Dr. Hosny I knew he wasn’t your average doctor. He took the time to listen to my concerns about surgery, and he agreed. After my cervical radiofrequency, I have full range of motion back in my neck, and best of all, no pain.

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Where Can I Get Tendonitis Shoulder Treatment in NYC?

Don’t try to ignore shoulder pain if it interrupts your sleep or keeps you from doing normal activities. If you think you may have shoulder tendinitis, a spine doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries, joint problems, back pain and pain management is your best bet. And the sooner you start interventional treatment, the better chance you have for a successful recovery.

The Spine & Rehab Group provides expert diagnosis and treatment of back pain, neck pain, hip pain and knee pain. They offer same-day and next-day appointments and have eight locations in NJ and NYC. Contact the nearest office today and let them help you get started on a path back to a life free from pain.

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