Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Inflamed Shoulder Tendon Treatment

Initial treatment for shoulder tendinitis includes rest, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment for severe shoulder tendinitis may include corticosteroid medication injections and physical therapy. Surgery is reserved for cases that fail to respond to more conservative measures.

Treatment options for shoulder tendinitis include:

Inflamed Shoulder Tendon Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of shoulder tendinitis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • Will I need occupational therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having shoulder tendinitis again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Inflamed Shoulder Tendon Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat shoulder tendinitis:

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Last Updated: Jun 15, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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