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Shoulder Bursitis Specialist

Crescent City Orthopedics

Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in Greater New Orleans, Metairie, LA & Chalmette,, LA

Bursitis and tendonitis, two similar and connected conditions of the shoulder, can make every movement of your arm and shoulder excruciating. Whether the pain is sharp or dull and aching, you need to find relief. Crescent City Orthopedics in Metairie, Louisiana, offers proven treatments for shoulder bursitis and shoulder tendonitis that will give you lasting relief from these common conditions.

Shoulder Bursitis Q & A

What is shoulder bursitis?

Bursitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the bursa, which is a small fluid-filled sac that cushions the tissue of the shoulder.

Repetitive motion activities that place ongoing pressure on the bursa in the shoulder and traumatic injuries to the shoulder can cause this condition. Bursitis is also sometimes connected to arthritis and similar diseases.

What is shoulder tendonitis?

Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendons in the shoulder. It's most often an overuse injury that affects the tendons of the rotator cuff.

What are the symptoms of bursitis and tendonitis of the shoulder?

Tendonitis and bursitis are closely linked and often occur with similar symptoms. These include:

  • Pain with motion or pressure, such as when lying on the shoulder
  • Swelling of the affected area
  • Redness and warmth in the shoulder
  • Clicking of the shoulder
  • Pain radiating from the shoulder to the upper arm

These symptoms can have a wide range of causes, which is why an accurate diagnosis with the help of Crescent City Orthopedics is so essential.

How are bursitis and tendonitis diagnosed?

When you visit Crescent City Orthopedics for shoulder pain that you suspect may be from tendonitis or bursitis, your doctor will start with a thorough medical examination.

Moving the shoulder and pinpointing the exact location of the pain is the first step. Then, ultrasound, MRI, and X-ray testing may help pinpoint the cause of the pain.

Keep in mind that X-rays can't identify soft tissue injuries, but they can rule out fractures, bone spurs, encroachment, or other problems with the bone that irritate your tissues.

How are shoulder tendonitis and bursitis treated?

Because these two conditions are so closely linked, the treatment for both is quite similar. Rest and ice at home can often relieve the pain and discomfort of these inflammation disorders.

Your doctor may also prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to help reduce your pain and discomfort. Physical therapy to strengthen the shoulder and correct any posture or mechanics issues that make the problem worse can also bring relief.

With the help of the skilled team at Crescent City Orthopedics, the prognosis for shoulder tendonitis and bursitis is quite good. Most patients can get full relief from their pain and discomfort with the help of the clinic’s surgeons. If you're suffering from shoulder pain, make an appointment to discuss these conditions with the surgical team today.

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