Shoulder Bursitis

Shoulder bursitis is a painful inflammation or irritation of a bursa in your shoulder. Inflamed bursae cause pain and discomfort in the affected location. They also limit the ways you can move your joints.

If a septic bursitis is left untreated, the fluid inside the bursa can turn to pus. In addition, the infection can spread to the bloodstream and other parts of the body. If the infection spreads, symptoms will become worse and the infection can even become life-threatening.
  • Symptoms
  • Shoulder pain

    • With exertion

    • At rest

    • In one shoulder

    common

    Difficulty moving shoulder

    common

    Gradual upper limb weakness

    Numbness or tingling in shoulders arms or hands

    • Only on one side of the upper extremities

    Buzzing sensation in upper extremity

    Blue/purple skin on shoulder

  • Risk factors
  • Overuse of shoulder

    Recent injury or trauma in upper extremity

    • In shoulder

  • Treatment
  • Depending on the type of shoulder bursitis, treatment may include activity modification, immobilization with a splint, icing, injections, aspiration of the bursa (removing fluid with a syringe), antibiotics, or anti-inflammatory pain medication. Surgery is rarely needed to treat bursitis.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Shoulder Bursitis, then a visit to an orthopedic surgeon is recommended.

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