Shoulder bursitis treatment is similar to treating a rotator cuff injury. The term bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa, which is a sac containing a lubricating fluid that reduces friction between the tendon and the bone.
Bursitis of the shoulder is caused by recurring overhead activities or by placing to much strain on the shoulders. It may also be caused by a previous acute injury. Studies also show the condition may crop up on its own or coupled with shoulder tendinitis.
Overhead actions may trigger the compression of both the tendons and the bursa located just below the acromion (the edge of the shoulder blade). This compression causes inflammation of either the tendons or the bursa sac. As for the acromion, when this bone structure scuffs the surface of the rotator cuff, it gives rise to shoulder impingement syndrome, which is another probable cause of irritation leading to bursitis.
If one is suffering from a tear, partial or otherwise, a shoulder bursitis treatment may not be appropriate. Bursitis and shoulder impingement syndrome cause inflammation of the bursa sacs and tendons around the shoulder area. A rotator cuff tear is a tear in the tendons themselves and requires a different procedure and treatment.
Like many shoulder injuries, the symptoms of bursitis include pain, swelling and restricted range of movements. In addition to these three, there have been cases where redness appears in the skin over the affected area. It is also worth mentioning that the signs pointing to shoulder tendinitis and bursitis are similar, though the latter is more likely to be tied in with inflammation.
Shoulder Bursitis Treatment
Treatments can include using medications to alleviate the initial pain. Rest and ice packs will relieve swelling and using hot packs will help relax the shoulder muscles.
Because shoulder bursitis is a similar symptom as shoulder tendinitis, a rotator cuff physical therapy strengthening program will prove effective. These strengthening programs will help with regaining strength and full motion of the shoulder.
How long you will have to keep up a shoulder bursitis treatment will depend on the severity of the problem. It may be a few weeks to a few months. Seek professional advice before plunging into any exercise regimen.
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