Diseases And Treatment

What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. A gradual wearing away of the tissue on the ends of bones results in reduction of joint space and friction at the exposed bone surfaces, changing regular bone movement and causing severe pain. Knee Replacement Surgery is the best solution to treat the condition and allow resumption of normal activities in the knee.

The types of arthritis are:


This occurs after the age of 50 in individuals with a family history of arthritis. The tissue that cushions the bones of the knee softens and wears away. The bones then rub against one another, causing knee pain and stiffness.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

This is a disease in which the inner membrane of joints is thickened and inflamed. This results in excessive production of the fluid that lubricates these joints. This chronic inflammation can damage the tissue covering the ends of the bones and eventually result in loss of the tissue, pain and stiffness.

Traumatic Arthritis

It can result from a serious knee injury. A knee fracture or severe tears of the knee’s connective tissue may damage the tissue covering the ends of the bones over time, causing knee pain and limiting knee function.

  • Severe pain in the joint that restricts everyday activities such as walking, climbing stairs and getting up from chairs.
  • Severe pain while resting.
  • Inflammation and swelling of the joint that does not improve with medication and rest.
  • Deformity in the joint.
  • Joint stiffness or inability to move the joint in a normal manner.

Some of the knee surgeries and treatments performed at TX Hospitals, India are:

  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • High Tibial Osteotomy
  • Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement (Resurface) Surgery (MIKRS) using
  • OrthoGlide Medial Knee system.
  • Total knee replacement using Patient specific zigs
  • The Ideal Knee


The Orthopedic surgeons at the TX Hospitals can diagnose and treat many types of bone and joint problems using minimally invasive techniques.  Most minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries are done with the use of an arthroscope, a special thin tool designed for viewing and treating problems inside a joint. The arthroscope is so slim that it can be inserted into the joint through one or more tiny “keyhole” cuts through the skin, rather than longer incisions. The arthroscope is fitted with a state-of-the-art miniature camera and a specialized lighting system that enables the structures inside the joint to be viewed on a monitor. The surgeon can attach special tools to the end of the arthroscope to shave, cut, or remove tissue or bone that are causing problems. Arthroscopic or keyhole surgeries of the joints are routinely performed. The most common arthroscopic procedures include repairing cartilage and meniscus problems in the knee, and removing inflammation and repairing rotator cuff tears in the shoulder. TXHospitals performs over 700 arthroscopies per year. Hip resurfacing is also done through key hole Surgery.

Meniscal Repair

Meniscus is a very important part of the Knee Joint. It mainly acts as a shock absorber for the knee.

Meniscal tears are very common and are frequently missed diagnoses for knee pains following a fall. A meniscus tear can be many types: Common tears include longitudinal, parrot – beak, flap, bucket handle and mixed/complex.

Causes And Symptoms

The causes of meniscus tears are sports injuries, fall and squatting and sudden twisting. Old degenerative knees will tear even by a simple movement like getting up from a chair.

Symptoms may be a pop like sound followed by

PainStiffness and swellingCatching or locking of your kneeThe sensation of your knee “giving way”You are not able to move your knee through its full range of motion.


Clinically it manifests as tenderness in the area of the meniscus and the diagnosis is MRI.

Small tears in the inner part of the meniscus at the white zone are trimmed. The larger tears in the white red zone and the red zone are repaired with Arthroscopic Meniscal repair anchors. Rest is for few weeks and then knee bending is commenced.


TX Hospitals offers specific options for management of bone tumors.

Tumors of the bone can be either benign or malignant, the malignant variety being more of a challenge to treat. Further more malignant tumors could be either primary tumor of the bone or secondary deposits from tumors elsewhere in the body. The most common bone tumors encountered are osteosarcomas, Ewing’s sarcoma, etc. The most common sites of occurrence are around the knee joint – either distal femur or proximal tibia. The dramatic change of events from amputation to limb salvage surgeries has heralded a new hope to these patients who have this form of cancer.

When a person has cancer of the bone, Surgery forms a part of the treatment. Formerly if the malignant tumor was in the limbs, Surgery meant amputation of the limb. The entire limb or part of it would be removed. This led to marked disability and disfigurement. The person also had to suffer social stigma. In order to overcome the functional, psychological and social problems associated with amputation, the concept of limb salvage was evolved. Here, despite the Surgery and removal of the tumor, the limb is spared.

The aim of limb salvage Surgery in bone tumor management is to eradicate the disease, retain the integrity of the skeletal system and preserve a limb with useful function.

Successful limb sparing procedures consists of three phases namely

Bone resection: After making an accurate assessment of the stage and spread of the tumor the surgeon removes the affected part of the bone.
Reconstruction: The second phase of the procedure involves replacing the missing part of the patient’s body. Prosthesis or implants are made of steel or titanium.
Plastic Surgery: This is performed to cover the area with muscle and soft tissues.

Then customized mega prostheses are tailor made for each patient. They conform to each and every patient and fit him or her perfectly.

The prosthesis is fitted only when the surgeon feels that the disease can be controlled by removing only one portion of the bone and not the whole limb and using an implant will give the person more comfort than removing the hand or leg and fitting with an artificial limb. A patient may or may not be able to get the full use of the limb. But surely a certain amount of functionality can be restored. The main advantage will be that the cancer would be treated without major disability.

TX Hospitals India specializes in management of bone tumors and there is a specialized surgical team that focuses on the management of Bone tumors.

Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is a condition that causes pain on the back of your leg near your heel. The Achilles tendon is strong and can take huge amounts of stress, but it can also develop tendinitis if over used.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms
Pain after exercising
Thickening of the tendon
Pain and stiffness in the tendon in the morning
Pain at the back of the heel
Bone spur
Achilles Tendinitis Risk Factors

You are more likely to develop Achilles tendinitis:

If you are starting a sudden exercise regimen that puts too much stress on the tendon
You have extra bone growth
You do very intense work out sessions
Achilles Tendinitis Diagnosis

Based on the symptoms, your doctor will examine your foot and look for signs of pain and discomfort or immobility. He will also run the following tests to rule out any other possibilities:

MRI scan
Achilles Tendinitis Treatment

Achilles tendinitis can mostly be fixed through some extra care which may include:

Exercising in moderation
Applying ice packs on inflamed areas
Resting plenty
Getting Physiotherapy
Achilles Tendinitis Medication And Surgery

Medication for Achilles tendinitis includes steroidal and non-steroidal drugs.

Surgery should be considered a last resort, only if there are no signs of the pain reducing. Types of surgery include:

Debridement and repair – This is recommended only if the tendon is less than 50% damaged
Gastrocnemius recession (surgical lengthening of the calf muscle)
Debridement with tend on transfer – This is recommended if the tendon is over 50% damaged

Bone Loss

Bone loss or Osteopenia occurs when the body does not create a new bone as quickly as the old bone is reabsorbed. Osteopenia is the early stage of bone loss which can eventually lead to Osteoporosis gradual weakening of the bones over time. In many cases, if a person’s bones are weak, a mere sneeze or a bout of cough is enough to break a rib.

Bone Loss Symptoms

While bone loss occurs gradually and in many cases may not show any signs at all, Osteopenia eventually leading to Osteoporosis, may have the following early signs of development:

Hunching or stooped posture
Frequent backaches
Loss of bone in the jaw
Weakness from a previous injury or fracture
Bone Loss Risk Factors

You may be at risk for Osteopenia or Osteoporosis if you:

Are a female
Consume heavy amounts of alcohol
Consume less calcium-rich diets
Have a thin body frame
Have an early menopause
Have a history of anorexia nervosa (an eating disorder caused by a unexplained fear of food) in the family
Lead an inactive lifestyle
Have a history of Osteoporosis in the family

If you have any/some/all of the aforementioned symptoms, a visit to your doctor is strongly advised.

Bone Loss Diagnosis

The main way to understand and diagnose whether you have signs of Osteopenia or Osteoporosis is to have your bone density measured. 80% of the bone density can be determined by heredity and 20% by lifestyle choices. Age 30 is the peak of your bone health, where your bones reach their maximum strength this is known as peak bone mass.

There are a number of ways in which your doctor can check your bone density.

DEXA Scan or a Dual X-RayAbsorptiometry
Quantitative Computed Tomography (QCT)
Bone Densitometry
Blood Tests
Bone Loss Treatment

The treatment for Osteopenia and Osteoporosis ranges from making lifestyle adjustments to mild to strong medication.

Lifestyle Changes:

Include calcium-rich foods in your diet
Weight-bearing exercises are recommended for strengthening of the bones
Refrain from toxic habits such as smoking and alcohol consumption

Bisphosphonates are the most common medications prescribed for osteoporosis treatment. These include:

Alendronate (Fosamax)
Risedronate (Actonel)
Ibandronate (Boniva)
Zoledronic acid (Reclast)

Hormones, such as estrogen, and some hormone-like medications approved for preventing and treating osteoporosis, such as raloxifene (Evista), also play a role in osteoporosis treatment. However, fewer women use estrogen replacement therapy now because it may increase the risk of heart attacks and some types of cancer.

Denosumab (Prolia) is a newer medication shown to reduce the risk of osteoporotic fracture in women and men. Unrelated to bisphosphonates, denosumab might be used in people who can’t take a bisphosphonate, such as some people with reduced kidney function.

Teriparatide (Forteo) is typically reserved for men and postmenopausal women who have very low bone density, who have had fractures or whose osteoporosis is caused by steroid medication. Teriparatide is the only osteoporosis medication that has the potential to rebuild bone and actually reverse osteoporosis, at least somewhat.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that occurs in the hand or wrist due to the pressure on the median nerve which leads to numbness and tingling of the hand. Several factors that lead to carpal tunnel syndromeinclude patterns of using the hand, wrist anatomy and underlying health problems.

Carpal tunnel is a narrow passage on the side of the palm. It protects the nerves and tendons of the hand and fingers. Compression of this carpal tunnel leads to numbness, tingling and weakness.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Causes

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused due to compression of the median nerve. The median nerveleads to the sensation of fingers and palm side of the thumb except little finger. The median nerve also affects the movement of muscles in the hand.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms

The symptoms of Carpal tunnel syndrome include numbness or tingling in thumb and fingers as well as weakness and discomfort in wrist.

Numbness or tingling

Numbness and tingling can be experienced in the thumb and fingers. This sensation is often felt while holding a phone, newspaper, steering wheel and waking up from sleep. This sensation may further extend from the wrist to the arm.


Weakness in the hand may lead to reduced ability of grasping objects. The numbness in the hand of the thumb’s pinching muscles cause weakness in the hand. These muscles are controlled by the median nerve.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosis

The doctor may conduct tests to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome that include physical examination, x-ray, electromyogram and the study of nerve conduction.

Physical examination

The doctor will conduct a physical examination by testing the sensation felt in fingers, pressing and tapping on the nerve and strength of muscles in hand.


The doctor may also recommend for an x-ray for the affected area of the wrist to determine the other causes of pain.


The doctor may conduct electromyogram test to evaluate the electrical activity of the muscles. It helps in determining the damage done to muscles.

Study of nerve conduction

The doctor may conduct a nerve conduction study by passing a small shock to the median nerve. In some cases, the doctor may also recommend to seek help from a neurologist or neurosurgeon.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated in both non-surgical as well as surgical ways.

Non- surgical treatment

The non-surgical treatments that may help in improving the condition of carpal tunnel syndrome are wrist splinting, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroids.

Wrist splinting: A splint holds the wrist still at night to prevent tingling and numbness while sleeping.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): NSAIDs that help in relieving the pain for short period.

Corticosteroids: Corticosteroids helps in reducing the swelling and inflammation which also relieves the pressure on median nerve.

Surgical treatment

In severe cases, the surgical treatment may also be performed which include endoscopic surgery and open surgery.

Endoscopic surgery: It is a surgery conducted using the endoscope attached to see the carpal tunnel and cut the ligaments by small incisions, followed by open surgery.

Open surgery: In open surgery, large incisions are made on carpal tunnel to free the nerve.


Hip tendinitis is also known as ‘trochanteric bursitis’. Bursitis is an inflammation of the fluid sacs that lubricate the area between bones and tendons. Trochanteric bursitis generally affects the trochanter of hip and muscles of buttock and thigh.

Hip tendinitis is mostly common in middle aged women than men.

Hip Tendinitis Causes
  1. Hip tendinitis can be caused due to prolonged pressure on bursa, injury, jogging, extensive cycling, joint movements and repetitive twisting. These rigorous activities can lead to inflammation in bursa and cause trochanteric bursitis.
  2. Hip tendinitis can also be caused in the lower back resulting in arthritis of hip and iliotibial band syndrome.
  3. Hip bursitis can affect anyone, but is more common in women and middle-aged or elderly people. It is less common in younger people and in men.

The following risk factors have been associated with the development of hip bursitis.

  • Repetitive stress (overuse) injury.This can occur when running, stair climbing, bicycling, or standing for long periods of time.
  • Hip injury.An injury to the point of your hip can occur when you fall onto your hip, bump your hip, or lie on one side of your body for an extended period of time.
  • Spine disease.This includes scoliosis, arthritis of the lumbar (lower) spine, and other spine problems.
  • Leg-length inequality.When one leg is significantly shorter than the other, it affects the way you walk, and can lead to irritation of a hip bursa.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis. This makes the bursa more likely to become inflamed.
  • Previous surgery.Surgery around the hip or prosthetic implants in the hip can irritate the bursa and cause bursitis.
Hip Tendinitis Symptoms

Common symptoms of hip tendinitis (trochanteric bursitis) include:

  • Warmth and redness in the affected area due to inflammation
  • Feeling of tenderness in the area affected
  • Hip and buttock pain that further extended to thigh and knee
  • Pain while walking, running or sitting cross legged
  • Hip Tendinitis Diagnosis

To diagnose hip bursitis, the doctor will perform a comprehensive physical examination, looking for tenderness in the area of the point of the hip. He or she may also perform additional tests to rule out other possible injuries or conditions. These tests can include imaging studies, such as x-rays, bone scanning, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Hip Tendinitis Treatment
Nonsurgical Treatment

The initial treatment for hip bursitis does not involve surgery. Many people with hip bursitis can experience relief with simple lifestyle changes, including:

  • Activity modification.Avoid the activities that worsen symptoms.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  • Assistive devices.Use of a walking cane or crutches for a week or more when needed.
  • Physical therapy.Your doctor may prescribe exercises to increase hip strength and flexibility. Treatments such as rolling therapy (massage), ice, heat, or ultrasound may help.
  • Steroid injection.Injection of a corticosteroid along with a local anesthetic may also be helpful in relieving symptoms of hip bursitis. This is a simple and effective treatment that can be done in the doctor’s office. It involves a single injection into the bursa. The injection may provide temporary (months) or permanent relief. If pain and inflammation return, another injection or two, given a few months apart, may be needed. It is important to limit the number of injections, as prolonged corticosteroid injections may damage the surrounding tissues.
Surgical Treatment

Surgery is rarely needed for hip bursitis. If the bursa remains inflamed and painful after all nonsurgical treatments have been tried, your doctor may recommend surgical removal of the bursa. Removal of the bursa does not hurt the hip, and the hip can function normally without it.

A newer technique that is gaining popularity is arthroscopic removal of the bursa. In this technique, the bursa is removed through a small (1/4-inch) incision over the hip. A small camera, or arthroscope, is placed in a second incision so the doctor can guide miniature surgical instruments and cut out the bursa. This surgery is less invasive, and recovery is quicker and less painful.

Both types of surgeries are done on an outpatient (same-day) basis, so an overnight stay in the hospital is not usually necessary. Early studies show arthroscopic removal of the bursa to be quite effective, but this is still being studied.

Hip Tendinitis Prevention

Although hip bursitis cannot always be prevented, there are things you can do to prevent the inflammation from getting worse.

Avoid repetitive activities that put stress on the hips.
Lose weight if you need to.
Get a properly fitting shoe insert for leg-length differences.
Maintain strength and flexibility of the hip muscles.


Gout is a complex form of arthritis characterised by sudden and severe attacks of pain, soreness and tenderness in the joints especially at the base of the big toe. It can affect anyone irrespective of gender and age – men are more prone to gout but women are also equally prone after menopause.

Gout Symptoms

A bout of gout can happen very suddenly and without any warning, in the middle of the night with a sensation as if the big toe is on fire. The joint pain is such that it feels hot, swollen and tender that even the lightest weight feels unbearable. The symptoms are –

Excruciating and severe joint pain for the first 12 hours which mostly affects the large joint of the big toe, feet, ankles, knees, hands and wrists.
A lingering joint discomfort which can last for a few days or weeks after the severe pain subsides. Future attacks usually last longer and affect more joints.
The affected joints usually become inflamed, tender, hot, sore and red.
Joint mobility is hugely decreased with growing intensity of pain and damage of joints.
Tophus is a term used to describe a deposit of crystalline uric acid and other substances at the surface of joints or in skin or cartilage, typically a feature of gout.

Gout Risks

High levels of uric acid in the body cause gout and the factors that increase uric acid are the following

A diet high on meat, seafood, sweetened beverages, fructose or fruit sugar and alcohol
An overweight or obese body which tends to produce more uric acid thus putting pressure on the kidneys to eliminate uric acid
Certain medical conditions like high blood pressure, chronic diseases like diabetes, metabolic syndrome, kidney and heart diseases
Use of certain drugs like thiazide diuretics to treat hypertension, low doses of aspirin and anti-rejection drugs in case of organ transplant patients
Family history of gout
Recent surgery or trauma
Gout Diagnosis

The following tests help diagnose gout

Joint fluid test where a sample of fluid is taken from the affected joint to reveal presence of urate crystals
Blood test to measure uric acid and creatinine levels which can be misleading sometimes because not all with high uric acid levels have gout and some with normal uric acid levels have gout.
X-ray imaging of the joints to rule out other causes of joint problems
Musculoskeletal ultrasound, a technique quite popular in Europe and the US to detect urate crystals in an affected joint or a tophus
Dual energy CT scan is expensive and not widely used, sparingly to detect urate crystals in an affected joint even when not sore and red

Gout Treatment

Gout is totally treatable with medications that the doctor will choose depending on the current state of health and patient preferences to reduce the risk of recurrence and complications like the development of tophi from urate crystal deposits –

Both over-the-counter and prescriptions Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to stop acute attacks and prevent future attacks. However, these medicines carry the risks of stomach pain, bleeding and ulcers
Pain relievers like colchicine to reduce gout pain though there may be side effects of nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea
Corticosteroids are reserved for patients who cannot take NSAIDs or pain relievers and is given in pill or injectable form to control gout related inflammation and pain. Possible side effects are mood changes, increased sugar levels and high BP.
Medications to block and limit uric acid production in the body may create side effects like rashes, low blood count, nausea and reduced liver function.
Medications to aid and improve the kidneys’ ability in uric acid removal.
Lumbar Radiculopathy

Any injury, pain, muscle weakness, tingling and numbness that results in an irritated, inflamed or a compressed spinal nerve in the lower back of the leg is called lumbar radiculopathy.

Lumbar Radiculopathy Symptoms

The common symptoms of lumbar radioculopathy are:

  • Pain in the arms and legs
  • Numbness in the arms and legs
  • Tingling in the arms and legs
  • Muscle weakness in the arms and legs
  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica
Lumbar Radiculopathy Risks

The following are the risk factors for lumbar radiculopathy:

  • Any activity that places an excessive or repetitive load on the spine or lower back
  • Persons who do heavy labour or perform contact sports
  • Family history of lumbar radiculopathy
  • Spine disordersof any kind
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy Diagnosis

The clinical diagnosis of lumbar radiculopathy is through a combination of a lot of factors:

  • Patient’s medical history and history of pain
  • A physical examination and description of pain
  • Imaging test results like MRI and CT -myelogram to confirm or rule out lumbar radiculopathy or see the extent of impingement of the nerve root
Lumbar Radiculopathy Treatment


The first line of treatment is usually conservative and non-surgical. And, if it fails to remove or alleviate the pain , then surgery is the way. Some of the treatment options include the following:

  • Medications, painkillers and ointments
  • Selective spinal injections
  • Physical therapy and gentle exercise or rest, as applicable
  • Sometime, lumbar radiculopathy resolves on its own within 6 weeks to 3 months
  • Decompressive surgery like laminectomy, discectomy or microdiscectomy in case of failure of non-surgical methods and the severity of pain and muscle weakness go up. Surgery is totally dependent on imaging test results and severity of pain and muscle weakness

Osteogenesis Imperfecta


Osteogenesisimperfecta (OI) is a condition mostly genetic and inherited from parents, present from birth caused by a defect in the gene that produces type 1 collagen, which is an important bone building ingredient. OI results in extremely fragile bones.

Osteogenesis Imperfecta Symptoms .The common symptoms are:

  • Weak bones
  • Frequent and multiple bone fractures even as a result of minimum force or injury
  • Loose joints
  • Flat feet
  • Poor quality of teeth
  • Short stature, below average height
  • Blue sclera which is a blue tint to the whites of the eyes
  • Early hearing loss
  • Bowed (bent) arms and legs, in severe OI
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta Risk Factors

Children with OI parents have 50 percent chances of contracting this condition.

Osteogenesis Imperfecta Diagnosis

A medical examination which indicates blue sclera in children is a sure shot indicator of OI. A definitive diagnosis happens when family DNA blood samples are submitted for a skin punch biopsy. For a family history with OI, at the time of pregnancy a chorionic villus sampling is done to check if the unborn baby has this condition. Severe forms of OI which happens due to family history or mutations can be seen on ultrasound even at 16 weeks into gestation.

Osteogenesis Imperfecta Treatment

Sadly, there is no cure for OI till date. There are therapies that help us deal and manage the pain and complications that come with it. Medications like bisphosphonates are prescribed to increase the strength and the density of the bones which in turn helps reduce the pain and the fracture rate, especially in the spine.

Light exercise and low impact physical activity like swimming and walking are suggested to keep the muscles strong and agile, and strengthen the bones. In severe OI cases, inserting a metal rod through surgery or bracing is suggested to strengthen the bone and reduce the risk of fractures. Surgery is also required to correct bone deformities which can impact body esteem and self-image or the ability to walk, move or run, in the case of bowed legs.

The fact though is, that despite surgery, fractures will continue to happen and will also heal as quickly. It is a good idea to reduce the time spent in a cast as bone loss may occur in parts of the body not in use.

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles in the shoulder, connecting the upper arm (humerus) to the shoulder blade (scapula).

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis is a condition wherein the tendons and muscles which help move the shoulder joint are inflamed. It is most likely to occur in people who play strenuous sports such as swimming, tennis, baseball pitching, which require them to move their arms above their shoulders frequently.

The functionality of the shoulder is fully reversible after the treatment for Rotator Cuff Tendinitis is given and the joint regains full mobility.

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis Symptoms

The early symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tendinitis are mild but get worse over time and may persist for years to come, unless treated and managed in the right way. The following are the most common symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tendinitis:

  • Pain caused by lowering or raising your arm
  • Clicking sound while raising your arm
  • Pain, swelling on the front of your shoulder
  • Pain, swelling in the side of your arm
  • Pain forcing you to wake from sleep
  • Stiffness of the joint
  • Loss of mobility in the affected area
  • Pain while reaching behind your back
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis Risk Factors
You may be at risk for Rotator Cuff Tendinitis if you:

Play sports that need you to move your arms above your shoulder a lot, such as swimming, tennis or baseball pitching.
Have previously suffered a bad injury to the shoulder
Have previously suffered progressive degeneration of the tendon tissue


Rotator Cuff Tendinitis Diagnosis


Shoulder pain may be caused by a number of other conditions and this pain usually goes away without any special treatment. However, if you feel the loss of mobility after an injury, or you feel pain lasting longer than a few weeks, then medical attention must be sought, immediately.

Once you’ve met with your doctor, he will move your arms and shoulders in different directions to see where it hurts the most and how of much of an impact the rotator tendinitis has had. He will also check the strength of the muscles around your shoulder. Depending on the effect and degree of pain and damage, the following tests may be prescribed:

  • X-Ray
  • MRI scan
  • Ultrasound
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis Treatment

Treatment for Rotator Cuff Tendinitis can be divided into home treatments, medication, therapy and surgery.

Home treatment:Home treatments can include ample amount of rest and placing ice packs on the affected area.

Medication:Medication for Rotator Cuff Tendinitis include injections with mild doses of steroids to ease the pain, especially if it results in lack of sleep. However, these must be used judiciously so as to not weaken the tendon.

Therapy:Physical therapy is one of best known ways to treat Rotator Cuff Tendinitis as it can completely restore mobility after an injury without any surgery.

Surgery:Surgery for Rotator Cuff Tendinitis includes bone spur removal, open tendon repair, arthroscopic tendon repair, shoulder replacement and tendon transfer, depending on the degree of pain and immobility.