There are bursae present in the area adjacent to the tendons near the shoulder joint. These bursae are nothing but tiny fluid-filled sacs that reduce frictions between tissues of the body. Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursae. The injury or inflammation of the bursa around the shoulder causes bursitis shoulder. An underlying rheumatic condition also causes bursitis in the shoulder. It is very important to get shoulder bursitis treatment to get relief from the pain and for the smooth working of the shoulder joint.

Symptoms of Shoulder Bursitis

Pain around the shoulder or on the tip is the most common shoulder bursitis symptom.
Along with this, the other symptoms include:
  • Pain while touching the shoulder
  • Fewer movements of the shoulder joint
  • Outside the shoulder redness and swelling is seen
  • Difficulty in performing normal activities of the shoulder like combing hair or reaching shelves.


Causes of Shoulder Bursitis

The shoulder bursitis causes mainly include repeated minor trauma that is overuse of the shoulder joint and the muscle. Infection in the bursae is also responsible for bursitis shoulder but infection is rarely seen in the shoulder, it may happen in knee and ankle. The bursitis is commonly related to impingement and tendonitis of the rotator cuff in the shoulder. Medications are available to ease such pain, slow bone loss, and reduce inflammation. It is necessary to keep an open eye for rheumatoid arthritis signs, symptoms and treatments.

Diagnosis of Shoulder Bursitis

Manual test by your physiotherapist can let you know about the shoulder pain bursitis which is totally different from a rotator cuff injury. Out of all the ultrasound investigation to know about the bursitis is the best method to confirm and start the treatment. At times your physiotherapist may ask for a MIR scan, x-ray, aspiration, and magnetic resonance imaging which are also useful.