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About Shoulder Bursitis

Bursitis isn’t just a disease that affects the elderly, although it’s more common as you age. It can affect anyone with a taxing job, poor sleeping habits or growing infections. When you have pain in your shoulder, get it examined right away by an expert at the Spine & Rehab Group in New York City and northern New Jersey.

You receive an expert diagnosis and individualized shoulder bursitis treatment, if in fact that’s what your doctor determines you have. Knowing the precise cause of your pain allows you and your spine specialist to develop the best treatment plan for you. Call today for an appointment.

What Is Shoulder Bursitis?

Shoulder bursitis is a painful condition that can happen when excess fluid builds up in the bursa, which are the sac-like structures that provide cushioning between your bones and joint tissue. When the bursa in the shoulder become irritated and inflamed, you may experience pain and reduced range of motion in your shoulder.

It’s always a good idea to find out the cause of your shoulder pain or mobility problems rather than trying to ignore them. Other causes of shoulder pain besides shoulder bursitis include shoulder tendinitis and frozen shoulder. Each type of condition requires a different type of treatment, and you must see a spine specialist for an accurate diagnosis before treatment can begin.

The sooner you see your spine doctor, the sooner you’ll find relief and prevent further complications. Since the shoulder is directly related to your spine, you need the expertise of Dr. Amr Hosny and his talented team of experts. Find the offices of the Spine & Rehab Group in New York City at the Financial District, Greenwich Village and Midtown Manhattan. In New Jersey, visit your spine doctor for the best bursitis shoulder treatment in Bergen County, Morris County and Union County.

Our Board certified doctors Amr Hosny, MD, MBA, FASA
Amr Hosny, MD, MBA, FASA
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David Chu, MD, FAAPMR
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Vivek Mehta, MD, FAAPMR Board Certified Interventional Spine Medicine
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Deepali Gupta, MD, DABA, DABPM Board Certified Interventional Spine Specialist
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What Causes Shoulder Bursitis?

Overuse and repetitive movement of your shoulder joint is the most common cause of shoulder bursitis. Chronic bursitis can develop over time because of repeated irritation of the bursa. Other causes include:

Some medical conditions increase the risk of developing bursitis. These include:

What Are the Symptoms of Shoulder Bursitis?

Pain around the outside of your shoulder joint may be a sign of shoulder bursitis. You may feel achy or stiff. Other signs of bursitis you may experience include:

Pain may be worse at night, especially if you lie on the affected shoulder. If your bursitis is caused by an infection, you may have an accompanying fever. If the cause is a traumatic injury, you may experience rapid swelling and bruising. If this happens, seek medical attention right away.

What Are Bursitis Shoulder Treatment Options?

Your doctor can diagnose shoulder bursitis from a physical exam, which may be combined with x-rays, an MRI or lab tests. Treatment for shoulder bursitis depends on the cause and severity of your injury. In mild cases, your symptoms may improve with interventional techniques, such as over-the-counter pain relievers, rest and ice. Other treatment options include:

If symptoms don’t improve, your doctor may recommend a steroid injection. This can help reduce the swelling and discomfort on a temporary basis, and the treatment can be repeated if necessary. Surgery isn’t usually needed for bursitis, but if your symptoms don’t improve after using a conservative approach to treatment, your spine doctor has other alternatives.

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I came to the spine and rehab group for my back and leg pain. I was able to get an appointment the same day I called. The staff was very friendly and courteous. The doctors were very knowledgeable and took time to explain what was causing my pain and answer all my questions. I felt comfortable having my procedure done in their state of the art surgery center, where the staff made you feel at ease. They are very easy to reach and available to answer all your questions.

Narendra G.

The entire staff at The Spine & Rehab group is great. They are so helpful and kind. The doctors really take time to talk to their patients and answer any and all of the questions that I had. I've had office visits and procedures done and everyone to the front desk, to the nurses. and the doctors were just great and knowledgeable. They really got me feeling better as well. Since I starting going there my pain has improved greatly! I would recommend The Spine & Rehab Group to everyone!

Carmen C.

The Spine & Rehab Group is my go to place for chronic pain. The doctors are compassionate and supportive. The nurses and staff are professional and so caring. I have been a patient here for almost 10 years . The doctors and physician assistant are extremely knowledgeable and always looking for the best way to help with my chronic pain! I always recommend The Spine & Rehab Group to people dealing with pain, I even tell my other doctors what wonderful doctors they are.

Val B.

These days it’s hard to find a professional, yet extremely caring physicians office, particularly in the field of Pain Management. Dr. Hosny, Dr. Chu, physician’s assistant Summer and the entire staff have managed to make this happen. Robin helped me many times with insurance to ensure that I got my shots in a timely manner (Hi Robin!). I’ve been going to this office for about three years and I couldn’t be more pleased!


I went to Dr. Hosny with lower back pain. I spend many hours sitting in a truck for my job. After an hour or so I would get pain in my back. Since I am a truck driver, pain killers were not an option for me. After a few sessions with Dr. Hosny, I am pain free. The staff at New Jersey Pain Care Center and are wonderful and caring people. I would recommend anyone go to Dr. Hosny if they want real results.


I had gone to Dr. Hosny with severe back pain after spinal surgery. It was debilitating pain that stopped me from being able to function normally. Dr. Hosny suggested that I have a Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted in my back. It is the best thing I EVER did. I am so excited to be able to return to my normal life with no medication. My experience at the pain center was wonderful. The nurses were very understanding and kind.


I have had back surgeries that provided me no relief from my pain. After a few treatments with Dr. Hosny, I have almost no discomfort. I have no need for my pain medication anymore, and have been able to go back to working out and enjoying activities with my family. I was pleasantly surprised at the treatment I received at New Jersey Pain Care Center. The staff is very nice, and treats you with respect. The facility is clean, bright and everything is brand new.


I had been having pain in my neck for many years. I had been to other doctors and they all recommended that I have surgery. I was hesitant to get surgery, so I wanted one more opinion. I had a friend tell me about Dr. Hosny and New Jersey Pain Care Center. From the moment I met Dr. Hosny I knew he wasn’t your average doctor. He took the time to listen to my concerns about surgery, and he agreed. After my cervical radiofrequency, I have full range of motion back in my neck, and best of all, no pain.

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Where Do I Get Bursitis in Shoulder Treatment in NYC or NJ?

Bursitis shoulder treatment is best provided by experts in the field of joint pain and rehabilitation. For treatment in New York City and northern New Jersey, consult the team at the Spine & Rehab Group. These award-winning doctors with multiple board certifications provide prompt one-on-one care to accurately identify the cause of your shoulder pain and make an individualized plan for treatment.

Besides in your shoulder, inflammation of the bursa most commonly occurs in the knee or hip, leading to knee bursitis or hip bursitis. For relief of shoulder pain, knee pain, hip pain or back pain, schedule an appointment with the Spine & Rehab Group. With a commitment to helping you get back to a pain-free life, they offer convenient locations, as well as some same-day and next-day appointments. Contact the nearest office today for an appointment to have your shoulder examined.

Page Updated on Oct 28, 2022 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of The Spine & Rehab Group
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