Shoulder bursitis

Female with shoulder pain
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What is shoulder bursitis?

Shoulder bursitis is an inflamed shoulder bursa. Your bursa is a fluid-filled sac that helps to reduce friction in your shoulder spaces. It is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain, that usually co-exists with shoulder impingement of your bursa between your rotator cuff tendons and bone (acromion). The pain is a dull ache and located over the shoulder. The most common causes of bursitis is any repetitive motions or positions that put pressure on the bursae around a joint, such as throwing a ball, lifting something over your head repeatedly, people who habitually sleep on the painful shoulder or sleep with their arm above their head.

Physiotherapist applying muscle energy technique on female patient's elbow
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Treatment for shoulder bursitis

Shoulder bursitis can be treated with rest and anti-inflammatory medical. Physiotherapy and exercises can help to strengthen the muscles in the shoulder and shoulder blade to ease pain and prevent recurrence of shoulder bursitis. We use various manual treatment techniques to control shoulder pain, regain motion, improve shoulder and blade positioning, and improve posture.


Our Physiotherapy treatment for shoulder bursitis may include:-



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