Can Tendonitis Show Up On An MRI?

by Pat

*Somebody who is considering an MRI on the shoulder for severe pain wants to know:

Can tendonitis show up on an MRI?


Joshua Answers:

Hello Pat.

Tell me more about your shoulder pain.

In answer your quuestion, yes, Tendonitis will show up on an MRI.

It depends on how bad it is, how extensive it is, how much Inflammation is going on.

But yes, MRI will image Tendonitis.

X-rays, not so much. Not so much at all.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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Nov 23, 2009
PART 2 - Can tendonitis show on an MRI - Can Tendonitis Show Up On An MRI?
by: Pat

My Pain is intense... feels like it is separating from my arm when lifting to brush my hair or just to raise my arm at shoulders height. Also, about a hands width down from that is another pain that feels like a constant burn.

I have since had the MRI...and nothing showed...absolutely nothing. This is not in my head. How can I be feeling such pain and yet nothing show??


Joshua Comments:

Hi Pat.

Right off the bat is sounds like a deltoid tendonitis dynamic, and/or a Shoulder Impingement dynamic.

I believe you that it's not in your head. The 'in your head' thing is what doctors say when they have no idea what's going on or how to help you.

THe answer to your question of how you can feel so much pain and not have it show on an MRI is because the body is not as cut and dry as, say, a car.

In a car, if it's broken, it doesn' work. If it's off, you can hear it grind, or something like that.

In the human body, you can have DEBILITATING pain and not be able to see it on any test. Just works that way sometimes.

So....since I can't see you in person in the office, let's go with this plan.

1. Get a few giant bags of frozen corn or some such and start ice packing 5 minutes on, 5 off. Make yourself watch tv for an hour and ice, ice ice. This will take some effort.

2. Go buy some Vitamin D3 and take a bunch. I took 150,000 i.u.'s a couple days ago, I suggest you do that, and then again in a day or two. Have you had your Vitamin D tested lately? It's a sure bet you are deficient. Cover this base and make sure you get your levels up.

Vitamin D deficiency can cause PAIN. And lots of it.

3. Inflammation Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency.

A safe and effective dose for getting one's levels up is 100-200 mg of B6, and 1,000-2,500 mcg's of B12 (methylcobalamin, not cyanocobalamin).

4. Magnesium for Tendonitis. Make sure you read up on the Magnesium Dosage link at the bottom of that page for what kind and how much.

5. Bone Broth as the best Tendon Supplements

That will start to cover the bases.

Lacking any of the above can cause the pain you describe, it doesn't have to be rip and tear damage usually associated with Tendonitis.


1. Is there any twitching or spasm with the pain?

2. When exactly does it hurt, when does it not hurt?

3. Pain anywhere else?

4. If you raise your hand to reach up towards the ceiling, does it feel tight/stretchy in the armpit/lats area?

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