Bicep or Rotator Cuff Tendonitis, what should i do to get back to boxing??

hey, i'm 16 and i've had pain and loud clicking and grinding in both my shoulders for about three months now.

i went to an ortho after a month and he gave me an x-ray, said it was bicep or rotator cuff tendonitis, and told me to take a load of ibuprofen everyday.

i've stayed off my shoulders and rested but the ibuprofen deosn't seem to do anything. i'm taking bromelain and curcumin and doing pendalum exercises but nothing seems to help.

my shoulders get consistently worse every week. i just want to be able to go back to boxing and lifting weights.

thank you


Joshua Answers:

Hi there.

Aside from the pain and Shoulder Tendonitis symptoms, I bet your posture is way off, with your upper arms rotated inwards and your shoulders pulled forwards.

This is common for everyone, especially so for athletes. The muscles on the front are bigger and stronger than the muscles on the back, so the front pulls forwards and the back is lengthened and overworked.

This sets you up for problems if you're boxing, etc.


1. Strengthen the muscles on the back. With, for instance, reverse fly's with somme outward rotation.

2. Ice massage as described on the How To Reduce Inflammation page.

3. Start eating Bone Broth as the best Tendon Supplements.

4. Poke around in the shoulder, find the tendons/hot spots, and start massaging anything that hurts, a little bit here and there throughout the day.

5. Make sure to take bromelain on an empty stomach, or it doesn't work.

That's a start. Get to that, then come back with questions and updates.

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Jun 18, 2014
Shoulder or Bicep tenonitis, doctors say different things
by: Amy


Thank you for your time and help! I am a 40 year old female. Four months ago I was diagnosed with tendonitis. Two professionals said it is rotator cuff, 2 others say bicep. I have been through PT, two cortisone shots (one in tendon, one in joint). The tendon shot did nothing. The joint shot helped a little.

I've been doing massage therapy lately and it has helped with fascia. She was also able to break up some tissue scaring. I feel better after she massages my pecs and stretches shoulder/arm. The message therapist has given me some exercises/stretches and has me icing for 3 mins, heating for 3 mins. repeating 3 times. This feels good for a few hours.

I think I re injured or agitated my shoulder(s) again while getting out of a chair. The message therapist suggests that I go back to the doctor.

I don't want another cortisone shot and I'm afraid they are going to want to do an mri with contrast.

My questions are:

1. How long do I give tendonitis to heal? How do I know when to go back to the doc?
2. How do I know if it is healing?
3. Would an mri be of any benefit?
4. I've been doing the ice/heat contrast three times a day (putting ice and heated towel directly on my shoulder/arm). Should I do it more often during the day?

Any other suggestions on what I should be doing?

I take vit. D and have started taking B complex w/vit. C.

Thanks again for your time and help!


Joshua Comments:

Hi Amy.

Answering your four questions:

1. Tendonitis doesn't heal unless you help it/make it heal.

Doesn't matter how long you Rest, rest can't fix tendonitis.

Nor can Corticosteroid Injections.

2. If you have less pain and can do more activity with less pain, that's the only real sign/factor of healing (IMHO).

3. If you have a tear, that would be a good thing to know. Torn Tendons are bad news.

Do you think you have a tear?

4. See: How To Reduce Inflammation

Make sure you understand the Process of Inflammation.

Know the answer to the question What Is Tendonitis?

How much Vit D are you taking?

What's your Vitamin D level?

B-complex products don't have enough B in them to make a difference for a tendonitis dynamic.

You need to take at least 1,000mg of Vit C. Does the B-complex have that in it?

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