How Does a Tendinopathy Develop?

Repeated overhead movement can, over time, cause irritation, inflammation and/or a lesion to these tendons. The rotator cuff is comprised of four muscles that help position the humerus, your upper arm bone, into the shoulder socket during arm movement.The shoulder has great mobility but at the same time is prone to injury during falls or accidents, or when there is a lack of motor control (altered biomechanics).

Signs & Symptoms The You May Experience:

Everyone will react differently after an injury and recovery will depend on the severity of it. Rotator cuff tendinopathy can cause but is not limited to: 

  • pain at the front of the shoulder and localized swelling
  • pain or tightness is often felt when you lift your arm overhead or when you lower it from an elevated position
  • pain can also be present around your shoulder blade
  • pain with activities or during rest and in some cases, irradiating pain around your shoulder
  • you might feel pain at night and a loss of strength or range of motion


Your rehabilitation plan, health, fitness and nutritional status will affect recovery speed. Most of the time, you can expect to recover fully from a rotator cuff tendinopathy. Depending on the factors in your specific situation, this condition can take up to three months to fully recover.

 A quick but progressive return to your activities of daily living, lightcardiovascular exercise and specific range of motion and strengthening exercises will allow better recovery.


Follow your practitionerís advice. It will help you manage the different stages of the recovery process and will increase the likelihood of successful rehabilitation. Your practitioner will assist you during your rehabilitation program in order to regain your normal range of motion, strength and endurance, optimal motor control and functional status. As per the principles of rehabilitation for a rotator cuff tendinopathy, progressive loading of your tendons through specific therapeutic exercises is the most important element for functional recovery.