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Woman suffering from shoulder pain due to bursitis.

The shoulder bursa is a fluid-filled sac that provides cushion between the rotator cuff tendons and the acromion, the top bone of the shoulder blade. Bursae are located throughout the body, and when they become irritated or inflamed, it is called bursitis. When shoulder bursitis occurs, it can cause pain and shoulder function problems. Our shoulder specialist at Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA offers shoulder bursitis treatment at our orthopedic medical clinic in Los Angeles.

The shoulder bursa is meant to reduce friction on the tendons in the rotator cuff that connect to the humeral head, or top of the upper arm bone. Repetitive movements and strain on the shoulder can result in irritation of both the rotator cuff and shoulder bursa, and shoulder bursitis and tendonitis often occur simultaneously. Playing racket sports, weight lighting and other activities can cause shoulder bursitis due to extra pressure on the bursa. Certain diseases that cause inflammation can also result in shoulder bursitis.

Symptoms of Shoulder Bursitis

Since shoulder bursitis and shoulder tendonitis often go hand-in-hand, the symptoms can be similar. The inflammation of the shoulder bursa can restrict the movement of the shoulder joint. Some of the symptoms of shoulder bursitis include:

  • Pain or tenderness at the top of the shoulder
  • Pain when laying on the shoulder
  • Pain when lifting arm up to shoulder height
  • Pain when pushing forward
  • Pain and difficulty circling the arm

In most cases, conservative treatments can relieve the symptoms of shoulder bursitis. Physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications can offer relief – a steroid injection may be used to reduce bursa inflammation. If there is also shoulder tendonitis or a rotator cuff tear, other treatments may be needed to relieve the pain and restore shoulder function.

If you have symptoms of shoulder bursitis, treatment is available at Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA. Contact us to schedule an exam for diagnosis or to discuss treatment for chronic shoulder bursitis. Call our clinic in Beverly Hills to schedule your appointment.

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