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Shoulder bursitis is where  the bursa in the shoulder joint becomes inflamed, resulting in pain. It can be cause by overuse. Here are some ways you can help.

What is Shoulder Bursitis?

Shoulder bursitis is inflammation of the bursa in the shoulder joint. The bursa is a fluid filled sac that is designed to reduce friction and provide cushioning as the joint moves through its range of motion. The bursa can become compressed in the joint between the bone and acromion resulting in inflammation and pain. Your therapist can assess you for bursitis. Sometimes an ultrasound can be helpful in diagnosis.

It can be caused from an overuse/repetitive type injury like throwing a ball/lifting objects overhead or from impact injury such as a fall. Symptoms include pain, muscle weakness, pain lying on shoulder, and pain radiating down the outside of the arm.

Initially a period of rest is required to allow for inflammation and pain to settle. This involves avoiding aggravating activities and movements. Anti-inflammatory medication or creams and ice can help in this early phase.

How can I help shoulder bursitis?

Thorough rehabilitation and exercises are required before you return to sports/unlimited activities to prevent re-injury. Rotator cuff strengthening is important to ensure you shoulder joint moves properly.

The rotator cuff muscles not only stabilise and hold the humerus into the glenoid fossa but allow the humeral head to roll and slide during motion keeping in the ball centred in the socket and preventing impingement. Scapulo-humeral rhythm is important to functional movement and exercises will be provided for this.

Graduated return to activities is important to avoid re-injury. Your therapist can discuss strategies for you to use during this time to ensure a speedier recovery. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch today!