What is rotator cuff tendonitis?

Dr. Kristofer J. Jones, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

Rotator cuff tendonitis refers to acute or chronic inflammation of one of the four rotator cuff tendons that attach to the humeral head (the ball component of the ball and socket joint). These injuries usually occur secondary to repetitive overhead activities that place the patient at risk for a condition called subacromial impingement, or “pinching’ of the rotator cuff between the humeral head and acromion, which is the bone that forms the “roof” of the shoulder.

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