Neck Tendonitis

Neck tendonitis can come from excessive stress on the tendons in the neck.  Poor posture can also contribute.Neck Tendonitis

What is Neck Tendonitis?

Tendonitis, which is also commonly spelled tendinitis, is a type of inflammation that occurs within a tendon. It usually occurs near the insertion of the tendon at the bone. A tendon is a strong, fibrous tissue that connects muscle to bone. It can develop inflammation as a result of an acute strain or from repetitive strain. Within the neck, tendonitis can develop due to:

  • Poor posture
  • Repetitive strain from sitting at a computer
  • Quick stretch applied to the neck
  • Sleeping in an awkward position

What Are The Symptoms of Neck Tendonitis?

Neck tendonitis can become very painful and limit your ability to perform daily activities. It can limit the ability to move your neck in various direction. This can affect your ability to drive, dress, sleep, and perform homework or sports activities. Some symptoms can include:

  • pain within your neck or pain that radiates down to your scapula (shoulder blade)
  • stiffness limiting the ability to move your head/neck
  • swelling around the area
  • tenderness to touch,
  • creaking or grating with motion.

Can Neck Tendonitis Cause Shoulder Pain?

The quick answer is yes. The neck and the shoulder are connected in many ways. The nerves that control the shoulder and arm come from the neck.  Any irritation in the structures of the neck can cause pain to radiate to the shoulder and arm.

Of course, you can have a shoulder problem and a neck problem at the same time.  Some simple ways to try to differentiate the 2 are to ask yourself:

  • Does movement of the neck cause the shoulder to hurt?
  • Does movement of the shoulder cause the neck to hurt?

Common patterns of neck pain include pain radiating from the mid to lower neck, to the shoulder blade, and down the arm.  As the problem improves, the pain is often more local to the neck. 

Common patterns of shoulder problems or shoulder tendonitis pain are sharp or pinching pain with lifting the arm to the side. Some people can also develop stiffness or inability to full raise the arm.  This can be frozen shoulder or Adhesive capsulitis.

If you would like to learn more about shoulder pain or shoulder tendonitis, check out this ARTICLE.

How Do You Fix Tendonitis in the Neck?

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to limit any activities that may have caused the tendonitis to develop. Also, it is important to avoid any activities that result in increased pain. If you push through the pain, you will likely contribute to further inflammation, limit the tendon’s ability to heal. You can try resting or icing, but it is advised that you seek further medical attention if symptoms persist or increase.

JOI Physical Therapy can help with Neck Tendonitis pain.Neck Tendonitis can be painful.

To determine your medical diagnosis, a doctor will perform a physical examination and gather a medical history. If necessary, you may be referred for further imaging or testing through X-Rays, MRIs, or ultrasounds to help determine the cause of your symptoms. For treatment, you may be referred to physical therapy by your doctor.

Learn how to stretch your neck while you're at work by clicking HERE.

How Does Physical Therapy Treat Tendonitis?

Physical therapy is usually the first line of defence with neck pain or neck tendonitis. a physical therapist will address:

  • swelling
  • soft tissue restrictions
  • range of motion (ROM) impairments
  • joint restrictions
  • strength deficits
  • pain

Physical Therapy tendonitis treatment interventions may consist of:modalities for pain and inflammation

  • electrical stimulation
  • ultrasound
  • moist heat
  • icing
  • laser therapy 
  • manual therapy  
  • appropriate stretches

Once your mobility begins to improve, strengthening will be progressed to prevent a recurrence of your neck tendonitis, as well as education on proper posture or modification of activities that may have contributed to your initial symptoms. No matter what kind of tendonitis you have, we have many professionals knowing how to treat tendonitis. 

Neck Doctors in Jacksonville

If you have neck pain or think you may have neck tendonitis, the Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute can help.  We offer treatment from conservative care, to wholistic care, to advanced medical and surgical intervention.  Let us help you get on the road to recovery.  

To Schedule an appointment with a JOI Neck Specialist, cal JOI-2000, schedule online, or click the link below. 



Ehren Allen is a physical therapist and medical content writer for the Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute.Ehren Allen - Content writer

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