Subacromial bursitis Melbourne
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Subacromial bursitis is a condition that occurs when the bursa, a small fluid-filled sac located between the shoulder blade and the upper arm bone (humerus), becomes inflamed. The bursa helps to reduce friction and cushion the shoulder joint as it moves. However, when the bursa becomes inflamed, it can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the shoulder.
Subacromial bursitis is often caused by repetitive overhead arm movements, such as those that occur when playing sports or lifting weights. It can also be caused by a direct injury to the shoulder or by underlying conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout.
To diagnose subacromial bursitis, a MyoActive therapist will typically perform a physical examination of the shoulder and may order imaging tests such as an X-ray or MRI to confirm the diagnosis.
Symptoms of subacromial bursitis may include:
- Pain when lifting the arm above the head or when reaching behind the back
- Weakness in the arm
- A grinding sensation when moving the shoulder
- Swelling and tenderness in the shoulder
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Treatment options for subacromial bursitis may include:
- Rest: Avoiding activities that exacerbate the pain and giving the shoulder time to heal can be helpful in reducing inflammation and easing discomfort.
- Ice: Applying ice to the affected area can help to reduce swelling and alleviate pain.
- Physical therapy: A physical therapist can help to stretch and strengthen the muscles in the shoulder to improve flexibility and reduce the risk of further injury.
- Medications: Over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. In severe cases, a doctor may prescribe stronger medications or injections to help manage the pain.
It's important to seek medical attention if the pain is severe or if it doesn't improve with self-care measures. A doctor can properly diagnose the cause of the pain and recommend the most effective treatment approach.
How long can it take to fix subacromial bursitis?
The length of time it takes to fix subacromial bursitis depends on the severity of the condition and the treatment approach taken. In most cases, mild to moderate cases of subacromial bursitis can be resolved within a few weeks with treatments and strength and conditioning exercises. Physical therapy may also be helpful in improving flexibility and reducing the risk of future injuries.
However, more severe cases of subacromial bursitis may take longer to resolve and may require more extensive treatment such as corticosteroid injections or surgery. It's important to follow the treatment plan recommended by a doctor or physical therapist to ensure the best possible outcome.
It's also important to take preventive measures to reduce the risk of developing subacromial bursitis. This may include warming up before engaging in activities that involve repetitive overhead arm movements, using proper technique when lifting weights, and taking breaks to rest the shoulder when necessary.