Shoulder Bursitis

Well done! You’ve taken the first steps to understanding and relieving your Shoulder Bursitis! Once you read this page answer the questions on the sheet given by your physiotherapist at Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia and bring that to your next treatment session. Recovery from your Shoulder Bursitis is crucial in order to achieve your goals and gain rapid and long-lasting results. Your physiotherapist at Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia has requested that you read this page so that you understand your condition and know how to best manage in between physiotherapy consultations. Shoulder Bursitis

What is Shoulder Bursitis?

Your body has many complicated ways of helping you move with ease, and pain-free. One of the systems that your body uses is bursae. A bursa is a tiny, fluid filled sack, that functions as a gliding surface to reduce friction between tissues. You will find bursae throughout your entire body, wherever it is required for a tendon or ligament to glide constantly over a bony area, or another tendon or ligament. Bursitis occurs when this bursa becomes inflamed, and pain and tenderness can result. Shoulder bursitis most commonly refers to the subacromial bursa, or the bursa that sits under the roof of the “socket” of the shoulder joint. shoulder joint

What caused my Shoulder Bursitis?

Bursitis may be caused by injury to the area, a rheumatic condition, such as gout, or an infection. It is rare that Shoulder Bursitis will be the result of an infection to the area. The most common cause of Shoulder Bursitis is an injury or strain. This can occur occasionally even with minor injuries.

How can you help me with my Shoulder Bursitis?

A detailed history, taken by your Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia Clinician, of the pain or injury can determine the underlying cause of the Shoulder Bursitis, while a physical assessment of the shoulder, and surrounding structures, can determine the best course of action in treating the condition. Usually, treatment will involve correcting any abnormal movements of the shoulder, and increasing the subacromial space (the space between the roof of the “socket”, and the “ball” of the shoulder joint), to reduce the pressure placed on the subacromial bursa.

What should I do to avoid aggravating my Shoulder Bursitis?

  • AVOID overhead activities, particularly during the acute phase.
  • DO concentrate on maintaining good, erect posture, particularly during activities with that involve the shoulders.
  • Applying non-steroidal anti-inflammatories may help to reduce pain in the short term. CONSULT your PHARMACIST regarding their use.
  • REMAIN ACTIVE, but avoid aggravating activities.
  • RECEIVE physiotherapy care to get your joints, ligaments and muscles de-loaded and moving freely with no restrictions.
Keep good care of your body and your physiotherapist will continue to monitor your condition. Once your Shoulder Bursitis has resolved you will be able to resume your full activities without worrying about future flare-ups.
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