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Shoulder Bursitis – What You Need to Know

Posted May 01 2013 8:08am

If there's anything that true about a working out, it's that once your done, you should feel refreshed rather than feeling tired or worn out.

Put simply, that's the sign of doing too much.

As humans, we are no stranger to doing too much, whether it's related to work, fun or even the so-called good things to do.

Yes, too much exercise just like too much beer, has its downsides even the number of people dealing with binge drinking far outnumber the group of people who are affected by too much exercise.

Balance, they say, is crucial to Life and for good reason too, since it does have a moderating effect on the act of overdoing just about anything.

Along the same lines, almost anyone with "shoulder bursitis" will agree, if only reluctantly, to this need for balance – yes, even an athlete whose passion for the 'game' knows no bounds.

Shoulder Bursitis – An Overview

Before we explain what shoulder bursitis is, let's try and understand how the shoulder functions normally.

Without the four muscles that make up the rotator cuff , none of us would be able to throw a ball, serve or smash in a tennis game or carry out any movements that involve elevating or rotating our arms.

When these muscles are injured, due to a number of causes, this is where one ends up with a rotator cuff injury. In other words, you will have to cope with excruciating pain when performing any of the normal functions that you normally can with the four rotator cuff muscles.

Similarly, the effects of  shoulder bursitis isn't very different from that of rotator cuff tendonitis . However, the reason why you end up with a swollen shoulder that hurts like hell when you try to move your arms is because of little sacs that are located in between bones, muscles  and tendons for the very purpose of allowing these body parts to slide smoothly.

As you might have guessed, shoulder bursitis is the condition where these sacs are inflamed and thereby aren't able to facilitate the frictionless movement between these body parts – causing pain and inflammation. People with this disorder cannot move these body parts, which in this case, is the shoulder.

Some of the reasons why shoulder bursitis occurs is due to the overuse of particular joints or even because of a severe injury experienced. People who overtrain with weights tend to suffer from this condition while senior citizens are susceptible too. Another rare cause of shoulder bursitis will be because these sacs get infected.

Which brings us to the next few questions: How does one know if they have shoulder bursitis? Is there any recognized treatment for this condition?

Shoulder Bursitis – Symptoms & Treatment

Some of the common symptoms of this condition include:

#1: Pain when moving your shoulder or raising your arms over your head

#2: In extreme cases, you cannot perform normal movements with your arms and shoulder

#3: Loss of strength from your shoulder and upper arm

#4: An aching pain when resting

#5: A rude shock if you turn over to the side of affected shoulder when sleeping

As for bursitis treatment, expect the doctor to tell you to stop making any kind of movements with your arms and shoulder. Along with antibiotics, non-inflammatory medication and steroids, you will be required to place an ice pack on the affected area for at least 3 times a day for 15 to 20 minutes.

It's only once the pain subsides completely that you can begin to move your arms and shoulder again.

In Closing

Are there any other causes and symptoms of shoulder bursitis that we might have missed out? Please feel free to share in the comments section below.

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