5 Signs of Shoulder Bursitis or Tendonitis

The pain of shoulder bursitis can be temperamental, getting worse at night or when you lie down on it. It can also flare up when you keep your shoulder still for too long. 

At Crescent City Orthopedics, our team of shoulder bursitis specialists can diagnose and treat your condition to give you the relief you need.

Shoulder bursitis and tendonitis explained

You have large tips at the top of your shoulders called bursae that are fluid-filled sacs. They help your shoulders move with fluidity when lifting your arms above your head. Your bursae serve as a cushion between your joints, bones, muscles, and tendons to keep your shoulder movement smooth.

When you have bursitis, your bursa becomes inflamed, causing a decrease in the cushioned space, restriction in your shoulder’s movement, and pain. 

When you have tendonitis, the tendons that connect the muscles and bones in your shoulder can become inflamed when your muscles flex and relax, using repetitive motions. This action can cause your tendons to tighten and loosen, which can cause your bone to move and result in inflammation.

Signs of bursitis or tendonitis

When you have shoulder bursitis or tendonitis, you might notice:

  1. Tenderness to the touch
  2. Pain on the tip or outside of your shoulder
  3. Decrease in range of motion
  4. Swelling and redness
  5. Pain when lifting your arm above your head

If you develop a fever along with your pain, your bursa could be infected. If this happens, call our office right away for an appointment.

Treatment for bursitis or tendonitis

If you injure your shoulder or notice pain for any reason, don’t ignore it. Proper treatment and tending to your symptoms can help ward off more damage in the future.

We recommend the common R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation) protocol to treat your symptoms at home. You can also use over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications.

When treating your symptoms under our care, we first diagnose your condition with a medical examination that may involve X-rays, ultrasound, or an MRI.

Depending on the severity of your condition, our treatments might include:

Our skilled team can help you reduce or eliminate your pain to help your shoulder fully function again.

If you suffer from shoulder bursitis or tendonitis, contact us today at either one of our offices in Metairie, Chalmette, or Covington, Louisiana. You can also use the online booking tool for convenience. For your convenience, we offer telemedicine service, as well.

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