Kelley Southard - June 20, 2022

Your Searing Shoulder Bursitis Caused by 1 Culprit

Shoulders are one of the most amazing joints in the body. The most mobile joint is also the most unstable joint: therefore susceptible to all kinds of pain. Shoulder bursitis is an uncomfortable condition in which the fluid-filled bursa sacs in the shoulder joint become inflamed. The bursa acts as a cushion between your shoulder bones and the tissues in the joint, but overuse and trauma can lead to an excess build-up of fluid causing pain and inflammation.

Common Causes of Shoulder Bursitis

Trauma to the shoulder is one common cause of bursitis. Trauma can be caused by a sports related tear or a car accident. However, the most common cause of shoulder bursitis is chronic overuse which leads to a soft tissue injury.

This senior male tennis player has searing shoulder bursitis.

Repetitive activities such as throwing, swinging motions, gardening, overhead motions, and even tennis can cause bursitis. Some patients describe the discomfort as searing pains in their shoulder.

Bursitis affects the surrounding tendons, ligaments, and rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder. The agitation of repetitive motions typically causes shoulder pain, swelling, and may even disturb your sleep. Prolonged shoulder pain can worsen and form adhesive capsulitis, which is more commonly known as “Frozen Shoulder Syndrome.” Frozen shoulder can result in a loss of range of motion and stiffness.

A physical therapist can help with pain-reducing techniques, progressing you to range of motion and rotator cuff strengthening exercises. These exercises can be developed into a home exercise program as well, so you can continue to heal effectively.

For exercises you can use to help with your shoulder pain, check out these tips for shoulder strengthening and frozen shoulder.

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