Shoulder Bursitis

Find out more about shoulder bursitis and how Torrance Pain Institute can help you manage your pain, improve your quality of life, and get back to doing the things you enjoy.

Have you ever experienced severe pain in your shoulders? You may be suffering from shoulder bursitis. 

What is shoulder bursitis?

Shoulder bursitis occurs when the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between the shoulder and the arm bone, becomes inflamed or swollen. It can cause pain, stiffness, and impair movement. Instances of shoulder bursitis can indicate the presence of other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.  

What causes shoulder bursitis?

Among the leading causes of shoulder bursitis are injury and overuse. Athletes who continuously put stress and strain in this area of the body are more at risk for the condition. Among the possible causes of shoulder bursitis include:

  • Constant strain and stress – athletes, laborers, carpenters, musicians, and other occupations that require substantial physical activity or prolonged usage of the arm.
  • Underlying condition – shoulder bursitis can be an indicator of arthritis, diabetes, gout, thyroid disease, and other bone or joint-related issues.
  • Bone shape – some individuals may have the genetics to blame for bursitis. They have less space in the joint than most people, causing the pain to manifest.

What are the symptoms of shoulder bursitis?

An injury usually triggers shoulder bursitis in the area. After that, the bursa and the tendons start feeling stiffer with pain, thickening and makes movement more difficult. There will be obvious discomfort when lying on the shoulder, or when the arm lifts to the side. Even pushing or opening doors may cause pain. Circling the arm also causes pain to affected individuals. 

What is the treatment for shoulder bursitis?

A shoulder subacromial injection, with or without corticosteroids, can vastly help in reducing pain and inflammation. These treatments will help patients’ symptoms to subside and even provide doctors with a more straightforward diagnosis. Visit Torrance Pain Institute to learn more about this form of treatment.