What is shoulder bursitis?
Shoulder Bursitis refers to the inflammation of a bursa within the shoulder. The bursa is a small fluid-filled sac that acts to minimize friction and allows muscles and tendons to slide freely. This bursa may become inflamed from either overuse or through traumatic injury. When this occurs the bursa may swell, which reduces the amount of space within the shoulder joint causing the tendons in this space to become compressed and irritated. What results is a stiff and sore shoulder that may also feel very weak.
How is shoulder bursitis treated?
This injury can be treated in a number of different ways. Common treatments include physiotherapy or cortisone injection into the affected area. Appropriately prescribed exercise is also very effective at restoring normal range of motion, shoulder strength and stability. Further to this, a correctly prescribed program can assist to address the underlying postural imbalances that may predispose someone to shoulder bursitis.
How can an Exercise Physiologist help?
An Exercise Physiologist can perform a postural and functional assessment to determine the most appropriate exercise program for you and your current shoulder condition. An Exercise Physiologist will also guide you through the process of performing your shoulder rehab exercise program and help progress you to further improve your shoulder mobility, shoulder stability and shoulder strength.