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Shoulder Bursitis Symptoms & Treatment

Shoulder bursitis can be an incredibly debilitating condition, affecting not just your range of motion but also your quality of life. At Holistiq Spine & Orthopaedic Clinic, we understand the distress that shoulder bursitis can cause, and we’re here to provide comprehensive care tailored to your individual needs. Our approach combines cutting-edge minimally invasive procedures, medication management, anti-inflammatory nutrition, and targeted physical therapy to effectively manage your shoulder bursitis and help you reclaim a pain-free life.

What is Shoulder Bursitis?

Shoulder bursitis occurs when the bursa, the fluid-filled sacs that cushion the space between bones and connective tissue in the shoulder, become inflamed. These bursae, particularly the subacromial bursae located between the rotator cuff tendons and the acromion, play a crucial role in facilitating smooth movement of the shoulder joint. However, injuries or overuse can lead to the accumulation of fluid in these sacs, resulting in painful swelling and restricted mobility.

Types of Shoulder Bursitis

There are several types of shoulder bursitis, including chronic and acute forms. Chronic bursitis typically arises from repeated injuries or overuse and can lead to prolonged periods of discomfort and weakness. Acute bursitis, on the other hand, manifests suddenly, often following an accident or injury. In rare cases, infectious (septic) shoulder bursitis may occur due to bacterial infections, presenting with severe pain, redness, and warmth in the shoulder area.

Symptoms and Causes

Shoulder bursitis is commonly triggered by overuse or repetitive movements, particularly those involving overhead activities. Individuals engaged in professions or sports requiring frequent shoulder movement, such as painters, carpenters, or athletes, are at a higher risk of developing shoulder bursitis. Additionally, certain medical conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, or thyroid disease, can predispose individuals to this condition.

The symptoms of shoulder bursitis typically include shoulder pain, stiffness, and swelling, which may worsen with overhead movements or at night. While shoulder bursitis shares similarities with other shoulder conditions such as tendinitis or impingement syndrome, a comprehensive evaluation by our experienced healthcare providers is essential for accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment planning.

Diagnosis and Tests

Our diagnostic approach may include a thorough physical examination, along with imaging studies such as X-rays, MRI, or ultrasound to assess the extent of inflammation and rule out other potential causes of shoulder pain. In some cases, joint aspiration may be performed to analyze the fluid within the bursa for signs of infection or gout.

Management and Treatment

At Holistiq Spine & Orthopaedic Clinic, our goal is to alleviate your pain and restore function using a combination of nonsurgical treatments and, if necessary, minimally invasive procedures. Home care strategies such as rest, ice therapy, and over-the-counter pain relievers can provide temporary relief from symptoms. However, for long-term management, we may recommend:

  • Bursa Injections: Administering steroid injections directly into the affected bursa to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.
  • Oral Medications: Prescribing corticosteroids or other oral medications to alleviate severe pain and inflammation.
  • Physical Therapy: Implementing tailored exercises and stretches to strengthen the shoulder muscles and improve range of motion.
  • Antibiotics: If bacterial infection is suspected, appropriate antibiotics will be prescribed to eradicate the underlying cause.

In cases where conservative measures fail to provide adequate relief, surgical intervention may be considered to remove damaged tissue or inflamed bursae, thereby restoring normal shoulder function.

Get Relief

If you’re experiencing persistent shoulder pain or limitations in movement, don’t hesitate to reach out to our dedicated team. We’re here to provide compassionate care, personalized treatment plans, and ongoing support to help you effectively manage your shoulder bursitis and get back to living life to the fullest. Call (469) 444-7264 to schedule your consultation today and take the first step towards a pain-free future.

**Disclaimer: This webpage is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult a healthcare professional for personalized diagnosis and treatment.

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