Shoulder Bursitis? How can physiotherapy help.

Shoulder bursitis is a condition in which one or more of the small fluid-filled sacs called bursae in the shoulder joint become inflamed or irritated (has an inflammatory response).

What is the role of a Bursae?

The bursae act as cushions between the bones, tendons, and muscles, and help to reduce friction and allow for smooth movement of the joint. When the bursae become inflamed, they can cause pain and limit shoulder movement, especially lifting overhead, reaching back and even lying on the affected side.

There are several common causes of shoulder bursitis. Individuals who perform heavy/repetitive manual labor, sports or activities that involve repetitive overhead shoulder movements or older individuals are at increased risk of developing shoulder bursitis.

Physiotherapy has shown to be effective in managing shoulder bursitis. It involves performing specific exercises to help improve the strength and range of motion of the shoulder joint. These exercises include specific strengthening exercises for the rotator cuff muscles, shoulder blade or scapular muscles and improving the quality of movement.

Manual therapy, which involves hands-on techniques such as joint mobilization, soft tissue massage, and trigger point release may also be used to help alleviate pain and improve shoulder function.

Overall, physiotherapy treatment for shoulder bursitis can be effective in reducing pain, improving range of motion, and restoring function in the shoulder joint. If you are suffering from shoulder bursitis, there are many modalities we can use to assist you to get back to pain free shoulder movements and as always doing the things you love.

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The physio crew