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Shoulder Bursitis

Our body has around 160 bursae throughout. A bursa is a tiny sac filled with lubricating fluid that functions as a gliding surface to reduce rubbing, friction, and irritation between tissues of the body. Bursitis is the inflammation or irritation of the bursa. Once shoulder bursitis has occurred it generally requires treatment of some kind.

Symptoms of shoulder bursitis are :-

  • . Radial pain in the region of the outer part of the shoulder.
  • . Pain while sleeping at night.
  • . Pain with overhead activities.
  • . Swelling
  • . Weakness
  • . Not be able to move your arm and shoulder as much as usual.

Causes and Risk Factors of shoulder bursitis are: -

  • . Small thickness of the tendons or bursa
  • . An injury of the shoulder or falling on your outstretched arm.
  • . Rock climbing
  • . Shoulder bursitis become due to age.
  • . Infection
  • . Overuse of the shoulder in sports such as tennis, cricket etc.
  • . Rheumatoid arthritis

Try our free symptom test to see if you have frozen shoulder.


We strongly advise icing the area morning and evening. For more information click here. To help reduce the swelling around the shoulder tendons we advise you use non-invasive natural anti-inflammatory medication.

Shoulder Bursitis Treatment options include :

Medication- including steroidal or non steroidal - anti-inflammatory. These may have unwanted side effects. Complete or partial loss of function Weakness

Steroid injection - it is not uncommon to have up to 3 steroid shots over 6-9 months.

The Niel-Asher Technique™ - Because bursitis is common along with a frozen shoulder, part of the technique is specifically designed to treat bursitis of the shoulder; please ask one of our qualified therapists for more information.

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