What is tendonitis?

A tendonitis is an irritated tendon that is caused by overload. So a tendonitis does not arise from inflammation with, for example, bacteria. Muscles are attached to bones with tendons and if a muscle is used a lot and the tendon is therefore under a lot of strain, it can become too much. There are small cracks in the tendon that cause you pain when you tighten the muscle. You can also get tendonitis when you tighten a tendon for a long time in a row, for example, if you carry a heavy suitcase for a long time.


What are the phases of tendonitis?

  • Phase 1: you have pain, irritation or fatigue around the shoulder joint after exercise. This pain disappears after several hours of rest.
  • Phase 2: you have pain around the shoulder joint during the warm up. This pain disappears during the warm up and after the sports practice is you have pain and possibly stiffness in the shoulder. This pain disappears after prolonged rest.
  • Phase 3: you have pain around the shoulder joint at the start, during and after the sport practice. Often you also have pain during the night, morning stiffness and pain during normal daily activities. The athlete suffers a loss of strength and/or coordination, which hinders the sports performance. The pain and other symptoms disappear after prolonged rest.
  • Phase 4: You have continuous pain during rest and normal daily activities. The pain symptoms do not disappear even after prolonged rest.

What are the symptoms of tendonitis in the shoulder?

Tendonitis is always accompanied by a painful feeling. The shoulder may be swollen and warm to the touch. Furthermore, the shoulder can be stiff and difficult to move. Think of movements above shoulder height. In addition, the pain that a tendonitis gives is experienced as ‘stabbing’. In some cases, the inflamed tendon when moving can make a soft crackle on crackling sound. This is called ‘crepitus’.

How long does a tendonitis in the shoulder last?

Because a tendon is a poorly circulated body part, the recovery of the tears in the tendon can take a longer time. As a result, the symptoms can last for at least a few weeks or even months. How long the tendonitis lasts depends partly on the degree of overload and the size of cracks in the tendon. It is important that you keep calm in the shoulder joint. Talk to your physiotherapist about how bad your tendonitis is, and how long you need to recover from it.

How do I recover from tendonitis in the shoulder?

If you suffer from tendonitis in the shoulder, it is important to first look at which stage you are in. Each stage has a different recovery process, with different treatment. The best treatment is a good combination of rest and exercises, so that the tendon is built up slowly. The symptoms should not get worse when you load the tendon, otherwise you should stop immediately. Do you suffer from your shoulder almost constantly? Then we advise you to contact your physiotherapist.

Which brace works well against tendonitis in the shoulder?

When you suffer from tendonitis in the shoulder, it is important to give it protection. Braces for tendonitis ensure that the tendon gets rest and is not overloaded. It is important to know when you can use a brace for your shoulder complaint and when not. If you do not know which brace to use, please contact the Brace Specialist so that we can help you choose the right brace.

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How can I tap my tendonitis into the shoulder?

There are a number of ways how to prevent or alleviate the pain of tendonitis in the shoulder. The use of tape can help to reduce the symptoms if you plan to strain the injured tendon. Nowadays, cure tape or kinesiotape is increasingly used for this. That is a colored tape that not only supports and reduces pain, but also ensures better blood flow to the skin. This allows you to perform exercises with your shoulder more quickly.

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What exercises help against tendonitis in the shoulder?

After contracting tendonitis in the shoulder, it is important to perform exercises. However, it is just as important to know when to take a rest. To ensure that the tendon in your shoulder recovers optimally, we have drawn up a number of exercises for you to slowly train the shoulder again. It is important that when you feel pain, you immediately stop the exercises.

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