Shoulder pain is one of the most commonly reported conditions. The shoulder is made up of several joints combined with muscles and tendons that make it possible for your arm to have an extensive range of motion. Due to the complex structure of the shoulder, it is vulnerable to many different types of pain and problems.
In most cases, shoulder pain arises from the rotator cuff, a group of muscles that keep the shoulder joint stable. Pain can result from the following:
- Tendinitis: Irritation or damage to the rotator cuff.
- Bursitis: Inflammation and swelling of the bursa, which is a lubricating sac between the rotator cuff and the top shoulder bone.
- Impingement: Irritation and pain caused by friction between the top shoulder bone and the tendon and bursa.
- Rotator cuff tear: Pain and swelling in the front of the shoulder.
Get Shoulder Tendon Pain Treatment in Singapore Now
If you find that your shoulder pain is persistent and does not seem to be going away, it’s time to see a doctor. You should also see a doctor right away if the pain is interfering with your usual daily activities. Book an appointment with Dr Gowreeson Thevendran now to discuss shoulder pain treatment options at Orthofoot MD in Singapore. During your first appointment, you will be evaluated for your medical history by the doctor. There can be some physical tests to find out the underlying cause of the pain in the shoulder tendon. The orthopaedic surgeon will then suggest the right treatment for you based on your age, medical condition, and the severity of pain or injury in your shoulder.
Besides shoulder pain, if you have been experiencing knee pain due to any injury or ACL tear, it is recommended to see a doctor early to get the condition diagnosed and treated before it gets worse. At Orthofoot MD in Singapore, our doctor will develop a treatment plan that may include knee replacement surgery, meniscus injury, or ACL surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions About Shoulder Tendon Pain Treatment in Singapore
1. What are the symptoms of shoulder tendon pain?
Shoulder tendon pain can cause swelling and tenderness on the front of the shoulder. You may also experience pain and stiffness when you lift or lower your arm.
You may experience mild symptoms in the early stages, such as the following:
- Sudden pain when lifting or lowering your arm
- Minor pain when doing activities and at rest
- Radiating pain from the front of the shoulder to the side of the arm
As the condition progresses, you may experience more severe symptoms:
- Loss of strength
- Inability to move affected arm
- Difficulty doing activities that require the arm to be placed behind the back, such as buttoning or zipping
- Pain at night
2. What are the common causes of shoulder tendon pain?
Shoulder tendon pain is a common condition among athletes who use their arms overhead, such as professional baseball players, swimmers, tennis players and golfers. The usage of improper technique in any sport can also cause the overuse of tendons, which can result in shoulder tendon pain.
Apart from athletes, people who work in jobs that require repetitive lifting and overhead work are also at risk of developing shoulder tendon pain.
In less common cases, shoulder pain may also arise from a minor injury or occur without apparent cause.
3. Will shoulder tendon pain heal on its own?
Mild cases of tendinitis and bursitis may heal on their own in 6-8 weeks with adequate rest and conservative treatments. On the other hand, rotator cuff tears vary greatly in size and could lead to a secondary tear if the initial injury is left untreated. If you are experiencing shoulder tendon pain, it is recommended to visit a specialist in Singapore immediately.
4. What are the complications caused by shoulder tendon pain?
Early diagnosis and treatment of shoulder tendonitis is essential in order to avoid long-term damage to the tendons. If left untreated, the pain in the shoulder tendon can get severe enough to disturb your sleep. You can also experience loss of strength or motion in the affected arm. This can make it difficult for you to move your arm to your back or overhead. You may also feel numbness or tingling in your arms and hands.
5. How do you repair tendons in the shoulder?
Rest is one of the most important things you can do for a damaged tendon. Avoiding activities that aggravate your symptoms will give your body a chance to heal. This includes lifting things overhead and or making forceful reaching movements that can make the pain worse. To reduce shoulder swelling and get relief from the pain, an ice pack or cold compress can be applied. Additionally, try maintaining proper posture to reduce strain on the shoulders.
If the shoulder pain continues to persist for more than one or two weeks, your doctor may recommend treatment through strengthening and stretching exercises.
For the pain that is left untreated with these treatments, you should consult our qualified doctor at Orthofoot MD in Singapore for better assessment. After evaluating the condition, the doctor may recommend surgery to repair the damage to the rotator cuff. This minimally invasive procedure is done to create more space for the rotator cuff by removing parts of the bursa that are damaged or inflamed.
6. How long does a strained shoulder tendon take to heal?
Straining a shoulder involves tearing or stretching of the tendons, ligaments, or muscles attached to the bones in the shoulder joint. This can happen as a result of injury during sports activities, accidents involving slips and falls, or overloading the shoulder with heavy objects.
The recovery period of a strained shoulder tendon varies depending on the severity of the injury. With proper treatment and care, minor injuries can typically heal within four weeks. Moderate injuries may take about six to eight weeks while for severe injuries, healing may take up to six months to a year. If the shoulder pain is a result of an injury during sports activities, it is advised to see a sports injury doctor in Singapore.
Dr Gowreeson Thevendran is currently an orthopaedic surgeon with Island Orthopaedic, a one-stop care centre for orthopaedic health under Healthway Medical Group. He specialises in treating lower limb orthopaedic conditions, as well as trauma and fracture surgery of both the upper and lower limbs. Prior to establishing his private practice, Dr Gowreeson was Chief of Foot & Ankle Surgery at the Department of Orthopaedics at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). Today, he continues to serve the Orthopaedic Department at TTSH as a visiting consultant.