Bursitis is a condition caused by inflammation of one or both of the fluid-filled cushioning sacs between the rotator cuff and part of the shoulder blade (acromion). This condition often occurs with rotator cuff tendinitis.
Causes and risk factors:
- Excessive use
- Long periods of pressure on joint (leaning on elbows)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
The many tissues of the shoulder become inflamed and painful with this condition. The shoulder area may have stiffness, swelling, and/or redness. Daily activities such as washing your hair and getting dressed may become painful.
Bursitis is usually treated without surgery. Many people experience relief with lifestyle changes such as:
- Activity modification
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s)
- Crutches/walking cane
- Physical therapy
- Steroid injection
In some cases surgery is required to repair torn tissues. A comprehensive examination from an orthopedic surgeon is required to find the causes of your shoulder pain and treat it appropriately.