Your joints have a fluid filled sac that acts as a cushion for the bones, tendons and muscles. These sacs are called bursae, and there are over 150 of them in your body. When a sack becomes inflamed, it causes pain in the joint. The most common areas for flareups are in your shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, heel and the base of your big toe.
Bursitis of the shoulder, also called impingement syndrome, happens when the shoulder is injured, overused or infected. Swelling occurs at the top of the arm bone and tip of the shoulder. Redness may be present as well.
When the space between these bones narrows too much for normal motion, the tendons and bursa become irritated and inflamed. Swelling narrows the space even more, which limits motion significantly. With each movement, the bursa and tendons become more pinched between the bones, causing impingement.
Causes and Symptoms of Bursitis of the Shoulder
In addition to overuse and injury, bursitis can also be caused by other problems. People with diabetes are prone to flareups of bursitis. This is also true for those who suffer from arthritis, gout or thyroid disease. Tendonitis is another cause.
Symptoms usually begin with an injury or condition that sparks inflammation. As the tendons and bursa become more irritated, they get thicker with inflammation. This begins a cycle of irritation and swelling that worsens over time.
The first step in treating bursitis is to stop the swelling and reduce the inflammation. Any arm motion that causes pain, such as reaching or stretching, should be avoided. Anti-inflammatory medication is given to treat inflammation. This medication also reduces pain and swelling. It may take a few weeks for the flareup to go away. Targeted exercises or physical therapy may be advised after you are pain-free. In the event that the symptoms are persistent, a cortisone injection may be recommended. Cortisone helps with swelling but does not affect pain.
The professionals at Advanced Healing Institute know that you do not want to be slowed down by the discomfort of bursitis. We can help get you back in motion. Call today to schedule your consultation appointment.
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