Despite having had a medical procedure in May to repair tears to the front and back of his rotator cuff, Demitra remains out indefinitely. He hasn't been skating with the team and complained to The Province this week that there's "a lot of pain in the shoulder."
Head coach Alain Vigneault revealed Thursday the pain is from shoulder tendinitis, which means there is inflammation of the rotator cuff tendon.
I'm no doctor, so I'm going to pretend the Cleveland Clinic is because here's what they say about shoulder tendinitis.
What causes shoulder tendinitis/bursitis?
Tendinitis occurs as a result of sports injuries, by repetitive minor impact on the affected area or from a sudden, more serious injury. For instance, professional baseball players, swimmers, tennis players and golfers are susceptible to tendinitis in their shoulders, arms and elbows. Improper technique in any sport is one of the primary causes of overload on tissues including tendins, which can contribute to tendinitis.
Emphasis mine. Sorry, I couldn't resist.
OK, so what does Demo have to do to get over this?
How can you prevent shoulder tendinitis/bursitis?
Because most cases of tendinitis are caused by overuse, the best treatment is prevention. It is important to avoid or modify the activities that cause the problem. Underlying conditions such as improper posture or poor technique in sports or work must be corrected.
Apply these basic rules when performing activities:
- Take it slow at first and gradually build up your activity level.
- Use limited force and limited repetitions
- Stop if unusual pain occurs.
Sorry, I couldn't help myself again with the emphasis.
Sit tight on those Demo jerseys folks. It's going to be awhile.