Overuse and injury are common causes of rotator cuff tendinitis.

Symptoms include pain that's often described as a dull ache, and stiffness around the shoulder joint.

Rest, ice, and pain relievers can help. Physical therapy and steroid injections may be necessary.

Swelling of the tissues (tendons) connecting the muscles and bones in the shoulder.

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources:  Mayo Clinic and others.

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Cases per year

More than 200,000 US cases per year

Treatable by a medical professional

Requires a medical diagnosis

Lab tests or imaging rarely required

Short-term: resolves within days to weeks

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