Deltoid tendinopathy

A deltoid tendinopathy occurs due to reduction in quality of tendon tissue. It can result from overuse or underuse and occurs in both younger people and the elderly. A tendinopathy is often accompanied by stiffness and pain in the shoulder. This makes movements more difficult to perform. A tendinopathy generally has a recognizable course; this helps in making the diagnosis. This is made with the help of the patient's story, physical examination and possibly additional ultrasound or MRI examination. The physiotherapist's main focus in treatment will be advising and working with the patient to restore the balance between load and load capacity.


Tendinopathy is the official name for a tendon injury. This is an injury caused by reduced quality of tendon tissue. This reduction can occur due to overuse or underuse and thus occurs in both young athletic people and the elderly. Other possible causes for a tendon injury are untrained fanatic sports, age, obesity or unsuitable sports equipment.
Deltoid tendinopathy


The symptoms experienced with tendinopathy are often stiffness, pain and sometimes even swelling. In addition, a crackling/scratching sound may occur with movement. Pain can make it harder to perform movements or exercises. Which movements generate pain depends in part on which tendon is affected.


A deltoid tendinopathy often develops gradually and increases in severity over time.
The course of symptoms is often recognizable and goes as follows:
  • Complaints at the start of an activity that gradually disappear. This is followed by an after reaction when the activity is over.
  • Complaints at start of activity that gradually disappear but are now already recurring during the activity.
  • Complaints that do not go away after the start of an activity and may be present even at rest.


A tendinopathy is diagnosed by the story the patient tells during the intake that fits a tendon problem. The physiotherapist can then perform tests to confirm whether there is indeed a tendinopathy. The physiotherapists at Fysiofitaal Tilburg are able to do this. If necessary, an ultrasound or MRI can also be used to visualize any damage.


For the treatment of tendon problems you have come to the right place at the physiotherapists FysioFitaal Tilburg! After diagnosis, the physiotherapist will start by giving appropriate advice regarding work, sports and other daily activities. Then the therapist will work with the patient to restore the balance between load and load capacity. This is done by using exercise therapy. Just going to the physical therapist once or twice a week won't get you there. In addition to exercise therapy homework exercises an important part of recovery. In addition, for severe symptoms, the massage gun can be used to temporarily pain mute.

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