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Shoulder Bursitis

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.

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:

  • Placing yourself in positions that put pressure on the shoulder joint
  • Trauma, such as from a fall or car accident
  • Infectious bacteria
  • The normal process of aging
  • A genetic predisposition

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:

  • Swelling and redness
  • A reduced range of motion
  • Increased pain with movement such as when lifting your arm to reach something over your head
  • Increased pain when touching your shoulder

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:

  • Physical therapy and at-home exercises, which help strengthen muscles and relieve pain
  • Antibiotics if your bursitis was caused by an infection
  • Shoulder immobilization if you have traumatic bursitis to allow your shoulder time and rest to heal

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.

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 Aug 26, 2021 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of The Spine & Rehab Group
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