Residents of Pennsylvania should look no further than Dr. Michael Bercik and our team at Lancaster Orthopedic Group to find state-of-the-art treatment and methods for rotator cuff tendonitis. As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a specialization in shoulder surgery, elbow surgery, and orthopedic traumatology, Dr. Bercik helps patients find maximal relief in minimal time and achieve their best movement abilities.

Rotator Cuff TendonitisDr. Michael Bercik completed his undergraduate degree at Georgetown University Magna Cum Laude before receiving his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He went on from there to complete his residency program at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, PA, where he was awarded the Orthopaedic In-training Examination award for achieving the highest score in his residency program. He then completed fellowships at the Centre Orthopédique Santy in France, the Melbourne Shoulder and Elbow Centre and Monash University in Melbourne Australia, and again at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He was able to learn advanced techniques to offer his patients creative and innovative methods to treat ailments of the shoulder and provide lasting results.

Outside of his fellowship experience, Dr. Bercik has been involved in academic research through which he has published several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He is committed to learning the latest science in order to further his expertise and find new ways to offer his patients outstanding outcomes.

What Sports Most Commonly Lead to Rotator Cuff Tendonitis?

Sports that involve repetitive movements of the arm increase your risk for developing rotator cuff tendonitis. While many sports can lead to rotator cuff tendonitis, the most common sports to increase your risk are:

  • Racquet sports: Racquet sports such as tennis, badminton, racquetball, and pickleball can increase your risk of rotator cuff tendonitis. This is especially common for people who serve overhead frequently.
  • Baseball: Baseball is another common culprit of rotator cuff tendonitis. Any player who consistently throws during baseball practice or games has an increased risk.
  • Swimming: While swimming is a low-impact sport, the consistent overhead movements can increase risk of rotator cuff tendonitis over time.
  • Volleyball: Similar to racquet sports, overhead movements such as serving and spiking in volleyball can lead to increased risk of rotator cuff tendonitis.
  • Football: Throwing in football can increase the risk of rotator cuff tendonitis, as can continual impacts from tackles.

In addition to sports involving overhead movements, trauma, overuse, and aging can lead to rotator cuff tendonitis.

How To Reduce Likelihood of Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

While not all cases of rotator cuff tendonitis are avoidable, there are certain things you can do to reduce your chances of developing this condition. Top tips include:

  • Taking adequate rest time between practices
  • Warming up and stretching before and after sports sessions
  • Ensuring you are using the correct form
  • Cross-training in ways that strengthens the shoulder
  • Strengthening the shoulder
  • Increasing flexibility of the shoulder

If you suspect you may be developing or have developed rotator cuff tendonitis, speaking with your orthopedic shoulder doctor can prevent further progression of the condition and help to alleviate symptoms.

Ready To Begin?

Dr. Michael Bercik is an experienced orthopedic shoulder doctor that can help you reduce symptoms of rotator cuff tendonitis. The sooner you are able to treat signs of this condition, the sooner our team can help you return to the activities you love. To get started with treatment, schedule your first appointment with Dr. Bercik and our team at Lancaster Orthopedic Group by using the “Schedule An Appointment” link in the top right of the website or calling (866) 564-1000.