A bursa is a tiny, fluid-filled sack that functions as a gliding surface to reduce friction between tissues. Bursitis occurs when this bursa becomes inflamed, and pain and tenderness can result. There are 5 main Bursae in the shoulder. Shoulder bursitis most commonly refers to the subacromial bursa or the bursa that sits under the roof of the “socket” of the shoulder joint.
The main cause of shoulder bursitis:
The main cause of shoulder bursitis is an injury or strain. This can happen even with minor injuries, and the bursa is often inflamed in people with no pain or symptoms.
Physiotherapy management of shoulder bursitis
At York-med physiotherapy, our registered physiotherapist will undertake a thorough and specific examination of your shoulder and how it affects your life. This will allow them to make a personalized treatment plan for you, depending on your specific presentation. Typically, your treatment will involve various techniques to settle your pain and increase the sub-acromial space to ease pressure on the bursa.