What is Shoulder Bursitis?
- A shoulder bursitis is a common source of shoulder pain. It is also known as the rotator cuff and is usually the result of the following:
a. Impingement – Raising your arms to shoulder height, it narrows the space between the rotator cuff and the acromion. The acromion usually rubs against the bursa and the tendon which causes pain and irritation.
b. Tendinitis – Damaged or irritated rotator cuff tendons
c. Bursitis – Swollen or inflamed bursa
What are the causes of shoulder bursitis?
- Shoulder bursitis pain is common in young athletes and middle-aged people. Other susceptible people are those who do overhead activities like construction, painting, or paper hanging and those who do repetitive lifting. Athletes who use their arms overhead for basketball, tennis, or swimming are also vulnerable.
- You can also experience shoulder bursitis as a result of a minor injury. Although sometimes, it can happen without apparent cause.
What are the symptoms of shoulder bursitis?
- Shoulder bursitis is commonly characterized by tenderness and swelling in the front of the shoulder. Pain and stiffness can also be felt when lifting your arm or lowering it from an elevated position.
- Since the initial symptoms are mild, people don’t usually seek treatment at an early stage. Some of the symptoms are:
- Pain is present with activity and at rest
- Sudden pain when reaching and lifting
- Pain radiates from the front of the shoulder to the side of the arm
- Athletes usually experience pain when throwing or serving
- These symptoms can also show when the problem progresses:
- Loss of motion and strength
- Pain at night
- Difficult doing activities that place the arm behind the back
How can Shoulder Bursitis be Treated?
- When treating shoulder bursitis, the main goal is to reduce pain and restore function. Your age, general health, and activity level will be considered when planning for your treatment.
Non Surgical Treatment: Most of the time, the treatment for initial stages is non surgical. Though this type of treatment takes weeks to months, a lot of patients usually experience gradual improvement and return to function.
Rest: During the initial stages, your doctor will suggest rest and avoiding overhead activities.