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Shoulder Bursitis Treatment Perth

Shoulder Bursitis Treatment Perth

Perth Shoulder Physio are experts in providing shoulder bursitis treatment in Perth. We provide more pain relief and physio treatment for shoulder bursitis than any other shoulder injury.

Shoulder bursitis is the most commonly diagnosed source of shoulder pain on ultrasound and MRI. You may have also been diagnosed with synonymous terms such as shoulder impingement or subacromial bursitis. Perth Shoulder Physio is regularly asked about the best physio treatment for shoulder impingement and whether subacromial bursitis treatment actually works?

Our results and scientific research prove that shoulder physio is effective in reducing shoulder pain and improving function. Book your shoulder bursitis treatment with an expert at Perth Shoulder Physio!

Note: This page contains a relatively simplistic description of shoulder bursitis, which is intended for general education. Book an appointment with Perth Shoulder Physio for more specific information about subacromial bursitis treatment.

What is Shoulder Bursitis?

Shoulder bursitis is technically a non-specific phrase that describes an inflamed bursa in the shoulder region.

Around 160 bursae (plural for bursa) can be found throughout the body, between structures like bone and tendon. They function to reduce friction, like a plastic sleeve would if you placed it between your hands and rubbed them together. The function of a bursa becomes impaired if it’s inflamed or swollen, which can be considerably painful.

Subacromial bursitis, commonly caused by shoulder impingement is the most common type of shoulder bursitis. The subacromial bursa sits below the acromium (hence the name ‘subacromial’) of the shoulder blade which forms the roof over the ball and socket joint of the shoulder.

Causes of Shoulder Bursitis: Shoulder Impingement and Tendinopathy

Shoulder Impingement:

The rotator cuff muscles function to keep the ball of the shoulder centered in it’s socket when the arm is raised above head. External shoulder impingement occurs when the ball of the shoulder moves abnormally upward and compresses structures like the subacromial bursa and rotator cuff tendons against the acromium above. Shoulder impingement is the most widely accepted cause of shoulder bursitis.

Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy:

Rotator cuff tendinopathy rarely exists without some form of shoulder bursitis. An acute overload such as an increase in painting, throwing or weight lifting can cause abnormal swelling of the subacromial bursa and rotator cuff tendons. This common cause of shoulder pain requires specific rotator cuff exercises and shoulder bursitis treatment.

Shoulder Bursitis Symptoms

Shoulder bursitis causes an aching pain over the outer aspect of the upper arm.

The pain is typically worse when raising the arm above head and lying on the shoulder. Resting the arm by the side of the body typically eases the pain.

Shoulder Bursitis Treatment

This section includes general advice on shoulder bursitis treatment that may benefit you. Shoulder bursitis often recurs unless the cause of the problem is rectified. Perth Shoulder Physio have the knowledge and experience to determine the cause of your shoulder pain and implement a shoulder bursitis treatment plan directed towards your individual circumstances.

Physiotherapy Treatment for Shoulder Bursitis

Acute shoulder bursitis can be attributed to a recent increase in shoulder activity. Acute shoulder bursitis treatment should include:

  • Massage and dry needling for pain relief and muscle tension
  • Taping of the shoulder for pain relief and improved function
  • Short term rest from overhead and repetitive shoulder movements

Chronic shoulder bursitis may not have an easily identifiable cause. Chronic shoulder bursitis treatment should include:

  • Thorough assessment of daily activities that may stress the shoulder
  • Physical assessment of the shoulder by an experienced shoulder physio
  • Physical assessment of the neck to determine it’s effect on your shoulder pain
  • Massage, dry needling and other manual therapy of the shoulder
  • Correction of postural and shoulder blade abnormalities
  • Shoulder mobility exercises
  • Rotator cuff and other shoulder muscle strengthening exercises

Medical Treatment for Shoulder Bursitis:

  • Anti inflammatory medication
  • Cortisone injection into the subacromial bursa if required

Shoulder Bursitis and Impingement Exercises

Shoulder exercises often contribute a significant component of subacromial bursitis treatment. Depending on your individual circumstances, you may require any combination of shoulder mobility, rotator cuff strengthening or scapula strengthening exercises. Read more about shoulder bursitis and impingement exercises here.

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