Bursitis

What is Bursitis, or what is a Bursa?  A bursa is located in the joint, it is a sack like object that has lubricant inside.  It acts has a shock absorber for the joint and allows for the tendons and ligaments to glide and function smoothly.

The most common form of Bursitis I see in the clinic is in the Shoulder.  The clinical name is:  Subacromial Bursitis.  What are some of the symptoms?

  • Pain gradually gets worse over time
  • Pain on the outside of the shoulder
  • Pain can refer down the arm, into the bicep
  • Shoulder catches as you raise the arm above your head

To definitely know you have Bursitis is to have an ultrasound, once you have the verdict a thorough treatment plan is needed to address the situation and create a context to work from.

As movement is impacted the body will start to compensate and as a result, other muscles will start to become tight and sore, potentially causing problems elsewhere.

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Joint pain

So you have Bursitis, what does that mean?

Generally, the Bursa has become inflamed and then loses it’s gliding functions or capabilities.  The Bursa becomes swollen and starts to cause impingement in the surrounding area of the body.

Typically in the shoulder the swollen Bursa will start to pinch through the rotator cuff tendon and bone, causing pain when moving your arm above your head.