shoulder tendonitis.

Physical Therapy for Shoulder Tendonitis

Though shoulder tendonitis can be troublesome, causing pain and keeping you away from activities, treatment is often simple. It starts with an effort to reduce inflammation, and thereby pain. Physical therapy is an effective, non-surgical treatment that can help manage your current symptoms and prevent future damage as much as possible.

Professional’s physical therapists are experts in assessing discomfort caused by shoulder tendonitis and creating individualized treatment plans that aim to relieve pain, improve the status of your joints and muscles, and alleviate your symptoms for the long term. Our goal is to guide your path to recovery so you can get back to living your life to the fullest, free of painful and bothersome shoulder tendonitis symptoms.


What is Shoulder Tendonitis?

Shoulder tendonitis (sometimes called “tendinitis”) is inflammation or irritation of the tendons surrounding the shoulder joint, resulting in pain and tenderness in the shoulder. Shoulder tendonitis can affect your rotator cuff or biceps tendon and is typically the result of the tendon being pinched by surrounding structures.

Shoulder tendonitis is known as an “overuse injury”, where repetitive movements of the arm and shoulder put increased pressure on the tendons over an extended period of time. The occurrence of this condition is most commonly sports-related, affecting athletes that take part in activities such as swimming, baseball, or tennis, which require continually raising the arm above the head. It is also common in physical labor trades, where wear and tear on the tendon weakens the shoulder tissues. If left untreated, shoulder tendonitis can lead to the fraying or tearing of tendon tissue, requiring surgery or other invasive treatments.

Do you have pain in your shoulder?

Our physical therapists will customize a shoulder tendonitis pain treatment plan just for you.  We will work in an effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness before, during and after therapy.

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Insurances We Accept

Below is a condensed list of insurances we participate with throughout our network of physical therapy clinics.  Find your particular provider below based on your area.
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New York, New Jersey, Connecticut

  • Aetna (NY, NJ, CT)
  • AmeriHealth (NJ)
  • Anthem BCBS (CT)
  • Bardavon (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • Cigna/ASH (NY, NJ, CT)
  • CIGNA - Medicare (NY, NJ)
  • Claims Resolution Corp (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • ClearComp (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ)
  • Clover Health Medicare Advantage (NJ)
  • Comp X (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • ConnectiCare (CT)
  • Department of Labor (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • Empire BCBS (Individual Providers In Network – NY)
  • Empire Plan MPN (UHC – NY, NJ)
  • Fidelis Wellcare (NJ)
  • First MCO (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • GHI (Emblem Health – NY, NJ, CT)
  • HIP (Emblem Health – NY)
  • Horizon BCBS (NJ)
  • Horizon Casualty (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • Independence BCBS (Southern NJ)
  • Magna Care (NY, NJ, CT)
  • Magna Comp (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • Medicare (NY, NJ, CT)
  • MedRisk (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • MultiPlan (NY, NJ, CT)
  • New Jersey Manufacturers (NJM - Workers' Compensation - NJ)
  • No Fault (Various Carriers)
  • Northwell Health Clinical Integration Network IPA (NY)
  • OccuNet (NJ)
  • One Call (Workers' Compensation - NY, NJ, CT
  • Oscar Health Plan (NY, NJ)
  • Oxford (Optum - NY, NJ, CT)
  • Providers Edge Scheduling Group/PESG (Workers' Compensation - NJ)
  • QualCare (NJ)
  • Qual-Lynx (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • SPNET (Workers' Compensation - NY, NJ, CT)
  • Streamline (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • United Health Care (Optum - NY, NJ, CT)
  • VACCN (Optum - NY, NJ, CT)
  • WellCare (NY)
  • Workers' Compensation (Various Carriers)

Massachusetts, New Hampshire

  • Aetna (MA, NH)
  • Ambetter/NH Healthy Families (NH)
  • Amerihealth Caritas (effective date 4/27/2020 - NH)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (NH)
  • Bardavon (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • BCBS Massachusetts (MA)
  • CeltiCare (MA)
  • Cigna/ASH (NH)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance (MA)
  • Fallon Health (MA)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (MA, NH)
  • Health New England (MA)
  • MaineCare (NH)
  • Magna Care (MA, NH)
  • Magna Comp (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • Martin’s Point Health Care (NH)
  • Mass General Brigham Health (Formerly AllWays Health Partners)
  • Massachusetts Health (Medicaid – MA)
  • Medicaid (MA, NH)
  • Medicare (MA, NH)
  • Med Risk (Workers' Compensation – MA)
  • ML Healthcare (NF – MA, NH)
  • No Fault (Various Carriers)
  • Omni Healthcare (MVA Lien – MA, NH)
  • One Call (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • SPNET (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • Streamline (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • Tufts Cigna (MA)
  • Tufts Health Plan (MA, NH)
  • Tufts Medicare Advantage (MA)
  • Tufts Public (Medicaid – MA)
  • UniCare (MA)
  • United Health Care (Optum – MA, NH)
  • WellSense Health (Formerly BMC – Boston Medical Center – MA)
  • Workers’ Compensation (Various Carriers)


Symptoms of Shoulder Tendonitis

Common symptoms of shoulder tendonitis include, but are not limited to:

  • Swelling and pain in the front of the shoulder
  • Pain when raising or lowering the arm
  • Loss of mobility in the affected arm
  • Clicking when moving the shoulder
  • Pain at night when side sleeping or rolling over

What Can I Expect from Physical Therapy for Shoulder Tendonitis?

The purpose of physical therapy for shoulder tendonitis is to manage and relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life. At Professional, you and your physical therapist will work together, following a unique treatment plan designed to help you heal as quickly and effectively as possible. Your PT will discuss your concerns with you and examine the physical limitations and discomfort caused by shoulder tendonitis pain. Professional’s physical therapists will also address any related weakness in the back or upper extremities that may contribute to your shoulder tendonitis symptoms. If you are suffering from any shoulder pain that may not be related to shoulder tendonitis, please visit our primary shoulder information page⇒.

Throughout your physical therapy appointments, your PT will:

Assess your source of discomfort and pain

Discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan

Teach you exercises to help relieve symptoms

Offer guidance and support during your physical therapy exercises to prevent further damage

Recommend ways to make daily activities more bearable as you heal

Physical Therapy Treatments for Shoulder Tendonitis

Your PT will prescribe personalized therapy treatments intended to improve range of motion, relieve discomfort, and help your body heal. The exact treatment methods used will depend on the cause and severity of your shoulder tendonitis diagnosis. They can include:

  • Pain management. Ice, massage, or moist heat may be applied to allow the inflamed tendon to heal.
  • Patient education. Instruction includes posture education, adjustments to workstation and work habits and instruction on ideal sleeping positions and more.
  • Manual therapy. Manual techniques include gentle joint movements, soft-tissue massage and shoulder stretches.
  • Range of motion exercises. Learn exercises and stretches to help you move properly.
  • Strengthening exercises. You might use weights, medicine balls, resistance bands to challenge weaker muscles.
Woman smiling at a pain relief consultation with a professional physical therapist.

Our Commitment to Pain Relief for Shoulder Tendonitis

When you find a physical therapist who specializes in physical therapy for your shoulders, you can expect to get the best treatment for your shoulder tendonitis symptoms. Professional’s physical therapists are ready to support you every step of the way on your journey to recovery.

Find the clinic nearest to you⇒ to speak with a Professional physical therapist who specializes in shoulder tendonitis pain relief today.

Convenient physical therapy clinics near you

We provide treatments for shoulder tendonitis pain and shoulder injuries from our clinics throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.  Fill out the form above, or contact a clinic near you to speak with a Professional Physical Therapist and shoulder pain specialist today.

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We will work in an effective way to provide shoulder pain relief during and after therapy