Bursitis in the shoulder is a painful condition that occurs because of inflammation and irritation of a bursa. A bursa is a tiny, slippery fluid-filled sac that provides cushioning and minimizes friction between the bones, tendons and muscles near your shoulder joint. The bursa protects tendons and ligaments from wearing out with regular use. By preventing friction, the bursa allows smooth movement in the highly mobile shoulder joint. This allows you to move your hands and the shoulder.
With too much friction, the bursa gets inflamed or irritated, producing more fluid for better cushioning. An inflamed bursa becomes enlarged and has a high risk of infection. This leads to pain, soreness and stiffness around your shoulder joint.
If you have an aching shoulder, Dr. Amr Hosny and the other talented pain management specialists at New York Pain Care can help. These physicians in the Financial District, Greenwich Village and Midtown Manhattan — as well as in Englewood Cliffs, Paramus, Riverdale, Cranford and East Brunswick, New Jersey — use the latest medical technology for diagnosis and effective treatment for shoulder bursitis.
Shoulder bursitis occurs because of excessive pressure on the bursa. These sac-like elements protect your joints. When injured, you feel a lot of pain and struggle with shoulder movement. Common causes of bursitis in the shoulder include:
While anyone can suffer from an inflamed bursa in the shoulder, some factors increase the risk of the condition, such as:
Shoulder bursitis presents a range of diverse symptoms. The shoulder is a complex joint with multiple moving parts. Any injury or damage to these parts can lead to pain and other symptoms. Your doctor asks about your symptoms to determine if you have a case of shoulder bursitis or another shoulder injury. Symptoms of bursitis include:
With these symptoms, you need specialized attention by a pain specialist. Dr. Hosny is a board-certified, Harvard-trained specialist with experience handling different kinds of pain. Find him and other experts at New York Pain Care in NYC and northern NJ.
Many patients treat symptoms of shoulder bursitis with painkillers, but this isn’t a long-term solution. Visit a pain management doctor for a firm diagnosis and appropriate shoulder bursitis treatment. Consult your pain management doctor when you experience symptoms such as:
The team at New York Pain Care leverage the best diagnostic equipment to identify the underlying cause. Your doctors look at your medical history, perform a physical exam and request imaging tests if necessary. When the diagnosis points to an inflamed bursa, the team works to relieve your pain and restore the function of your shoulder. The longer you wait, the more pain you have.
After your diagnosis, your shoulder bursitis treatment can begin. Your doctor recommends bursitis shoulder treatment options that may include:
The doctors use a multi-disciplinary and individualized approach to pain treatment for the best outcomes. If you’re struggling with incapacitating shoulder pain, contact the pain specialists at New York Pain Care today.
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