Do you have shoulder pain that is limiting your day-to-day activities? Are you unable to perform overhead movements? Does your shoulder hurt when you try to lay on it?

You may be experiencing a condition called Subacromial Bursitis.

Subacromial bursitis is a common shoulder condition characterized by inflammation of the subacromial bursa, a small fluid-filled sac that cushions the space between the acromion (a part of the shoulder blade) and the rotator cuff tendons. This condition can cause significant pain and restrict shoulder movement, impacting daily activities and quality of life.

What causes subacromial bursitis?

Subacromial bursitis often results from repetitive overhead activities, such as those performed in sports like swimming or tennis, or occupations that require frequent lifting. It can also develop due to acute trauma, shoulder impingement syndrome, or underlying conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or rotator cuff tendinitis.

What are the signs and symptoms?

The primary symptom of subacromial bursitis is shoulder pain, typically felt at the top and outer side of the shoulder. The pain may worsen with overhead activities, lying on the affected side, or during shoulder movement. Other symptoms include tenderness to touch, swelling, and a limited range of motion in the shoulder joint.

How do you diagnose it?

Diagnosis of subacromial bursitis involves a thorough clinical examination, including a detailed medical history and physical assessment of the shoulder. Imaging studies like ultrasound or MRI can help confirm the diagnosis and rule out other potential causes of shoulder pain.

What are the treatment options?

Effective management of subacromial bursitis includes a combination of rest, ice application, and anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and inflammation. Physical therapy exercises are crucial to restore shoulder strength and flexibility.

How can Osteopath help?

Osteopathy is an excellent option for treating subacromial bursitis. Osteopaths use hands-on techniques to improve joint mobility, reduce muscle tension, and enhance blood flow to the affected area. Techniques such as soft tissue massage, joint mobilization, and stretching can alleviate pain and promote healing. Osteopathic treatment also focuses on addressing the root cause of the condition, such as poor posture or muscle imbalances, to prevent recurrence.

What are the preventative measures?

To prevent subacromial bursitis, it’s essential to avoid repetitive overhead activities or modify them to reduce strain on the shoulder. Maintaining good posture, performing regular shoulder-strengthening exercises, and incorporating proper warm-up routines before physical activities can also help. Ensuring ergonomic workspaces and using appropriate techniques during sports or lifting activities can further protect the shoulder from injury.

In Summary

Subacromial bursitis is a manageable condition with appropriate treatment and preventative measures. Osteopathy offers a holistic and hands on approach to relieve pain and restore shoulder function, helping individuals return to their daily activities without discomfort. If you suspect you have subacromial bursitis, make an appointment with us today. Call 5941-4157 or jump online here to consult with one of our fabulous osteopaths today!