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What Causes Shoulder Bursitis?

Shoulder Bursitis

Most of the patients that I see who have Shoulder Bursitis have never heard of the condition until they are diagnosed with it!

Shoulder Bursitis is often caused by repetitive overhead movements that can cause compression of rotator cuff tendons and inflammation of the bursa that lies beneath the roof of the shoulder blade.

Shoulder Bursitis can develop quickly.

Bursitis symptoms include aching, swelling, and limited shoulder movement. Sometime discoloring of the injured area also occurs.

Bursitis can be caused by a bone spur. (A bone spur is calcium deposit in the rotator cuff.)

Torn, frayed, or irritated tendons can cause shoulder bursitis. If rotator cuff muscles weaken, they may fail to support the shoulder, making actions such as reaching overhead, swimming, throwing, and hair brushing difficult and painful.

Sometimes bursitis develops alongside other diseases such as arthritis or gout.

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Shoulder Bursitis

Bursitis Treatment

Bursitis Surgery

Keyhole Shoulder Surgery

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Do you suffer from Shoulder Tendonitis, Bursitis, or Impingement?

What are Shoulder Tendonitis, Bursitis and Impingement?

Shoulder tendinitis, shoulder bursitis, and impingement are actually all closely linked.

Tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon. In the shoulder, tendinitis usually affects the tendons of the biceps or rotator cuff as a result of pinching from surrounding structures.

When tendinitis affects the rotator cuff, the inflamed tendon may swell and get trapped beneath the acromion, making shoulder movement extremely uncomfortable. This is called shoulder impingement.

Bursitis is inflammation of the bursae. The bursae are fluid-filled sacs found next to tendons or large joints. They are used to make movement easier, inflammation often occurring in conjunction with tendonitis.

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Shoulder Tendonitis

Shoulder Bursitis

Shoulder Impingement

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How to Treat Shoulder Bursitis

The first step in treating shoulder bursitis is to reduce shoulder inflammation. I always tell my patients that prevention is the best cure.  I know that it is difficult, but you must try to avoid doing things that cause the inflammation. For example, do not reach for things if that action causes pain.

If the pain persists anti-inflammatory medicines be required. However, anti-inflammatory drugs should not be taken continuously.

Once the initial inflammation subsides, some simple shoulder exercises should be enough to help treat this condition.

If the condition fails to improve, cortisone injections or steroids may be recommended by your doctor and in a small number of cases shoulder surgery may be required.

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Shoulder Bursitis

Shoulder Bursitis Treatment

Bursitis Surgery

Shoulder Surgery

What is Bursitis?

Not many people have heard of Bursitis until they are diagnosed with it. A bursa is a soft sac that contains a lubricating liquid that minimize friction between body tissues that must constantly move by each other.

Bursae are usually found near joints, either between the skin and the underlying bonus or between tendons and bones. If a bursa is irritated by pressure over it or by injury to the nearby joint, the sac may become inflamed and distended with fluid. This is called bursitis. It is a fairly common condition that causes pain and swelling in the area around the bursa.

Shoulder Bursitis is a condition that I see regularly in my clinics. Olecranon bursitis is another common type of bursitis that occurs around the elbow. Other joints that are particularly susceptible to bursitis include the kneecap, the hips, the heal, and the base of the big toe.

Steroid Injection for Shoulder Pain

When I talk about a steroid injection for shoulder pain, I really mean a corticosteroid/cortisone injection. This is basically a really strong anti-inflammatory which reduces swelling and pain in the affected area.

Cortisone injections are great for things such as shoulder bursitis, which can cause impingement syndrome. They get right in on the swollen sac of fluid (bursa) and reduce the inflammation.

However, there can be side-effects with cortisone injections, and caution should be observed. The placement of a corticosteroid injection can be a little hit and miss, with many doctors actually missing the right spot. And also too many injections in one spot can cause wasting and disintegration of the fatty tissues around the joint.

My advice is to try natural anti-inflammatories first. Ice, heat and gentle exercise all helps to reduce inflammation. Physiotherapy can also help, as can electrotherapy such as ultrasound. If this fails, you could see your doctor who may prescribe you oral anti-inflammatories and as a final option a steroid injection may be worth considering.