Avoiding those activities that caused or aggravated the disorder will prevent the condition from persisting or recurring. The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is usually effective for pain relieve. Application of ice or heat, friction massage, stretching and strengthening exercises, transcutaneous [through the skin] electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), ultrasound, and iontophoresis are also used. Iontophoresis is a method of delivering certain water-soluble drugs through the skin to localized tissue areas by applying a small electrical current to a solution of the drug. However, the efficacy of some of these methods has not been fully evaluated.
Symptoms of a torn supraspinatus tendon will usually consist of sudden pain in the shoulder some accompanied by a tearing feeling. This can be severe and may transmit down into the arm. Having the inability to sleep on the injured shoulder and signs of impingement where the tendon pinches between the ball and socket of the shoulder joint when moving the arm out over the height of the head. Pain can gradually get worse over time and eventually weakness in the shoulder will occur to the point where the athlete is unable to lift their arm up to the side . Overhead movements such as racket sports become very difficult.