Shoulder (rotator cuff) tendonitis or bursitis is characterised by pain in shoulder when lifting the arm out to the side of the body (abduction) in front of the body (elevation) or rotating the arm downwards when out to the side (medial rotation).
This causes restriction of movement and if not treated appropriately the pain can become more persistent and particularly severe at night. Eventually, if the condition worsens further problems with the rotator cuff can occur.
Rotator cuff tendonitis and sub-acromial bursitis are initially treated with rest, regular icing and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. ibuprofen or diclofenac).
If the problem persists you should make an appointment with a physiotherapist who will check posture and the positioning of the shoulder complex when performing exercises and give specific rehabilitation exercises to perform.
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