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  • E-Young Khoo

Shoulder Bursitis: How to give your symptoms the ‘sac’!

Shoulder bursitis is a common condition in which the bursae, small fluid-filled sacs in the shoulder joint, become inflamed. Bursitis in the shoulder can cause pain, discomfort, and limited range of motion, affecting daily activities and athletic performance. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for shoulder bursitis is essential for proper recovery.

Symptoms of Shoulder Bursitis:

  • Pain and discomfort in the shoulder, especially when lifting the arm

  • Swelling and tenderness in the affected area

  • Limited range of motion in the shoulder

  • Stiffness and weakness in the shoulder

Causes of Shoulder Bursitis:

  • Overuse or repetitive motions

  • Sudden movements or lifting heavy objects

  • Direct impact or injury to the shoulder

  • Infection

  • Arthritis or other underlying joint conditions

Treatment for Shoulder Bursitis:

In many cases, shoulder bursitis can be treated with rest, ice, and physical therapy. However, if the condition is severe, medication or cortisone injections may be necessary to reduce pain and swelling. Physiotherapy is an effective method for treating shoulder bursitis as it helps to reduce pain, improve range of motion, and strengthen the affected shoulder.

Benefits of Physiotherapy for Shoulder Bursitis:

  • Reduces pain and inflammation

  • Improves range of motion and flexibility

  • Strengthens the affected shoulder

  • Prevents future injuries

  • Helps return to normal activities

Our physiotherapy program for shoulder bursitis typically involves a combination of exercises and techniques, including:

  • Stretching and range of motion exercises

  • Strengthening exercises to rebuild muscle and joint stability

  • Massage and manual therapy to improve circulation and reduce pain

  • Ice and heat therapy to reduce swelling and pain

  • Electrical stimulation to aid in healing and improve strength

Shoulder bursitis can cause significant discomfort and affect daily activities. However, with proper treatment, including physiotherapy, most individuals can recover from shoulder bursitis and regain their full range of motion and strength. If you suspect you have shoulder bursitis, it's essential to seek the advice of a medical professional to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Our physiotherapy plans can play a crucial role in ensuring a successful recovery and preventing future injuries. Contact us today to get started on your recovery journey!

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