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A bursa is a sac of fluid that prevents friction between tendons and bone. The most common jured bursa tens to be the subacromial bursa in the shoulder, even though you have many subacromial bursitis in your body.
A bursitis is when a bursa becomes inflamed. In addition, when the bursa is inflamed, it tends to swell and become impinged between the rotator cuff tendons and the acromion of the scapula.
However, shoulder pain due to subacromial bursitis may come on suddenly, or over a period of a few months, depending on the cause of injury.
In addition, individuals who have an unstable shoulder due to previous injury, or existing rotator cuff weakness causing poor shoulder biomechanics, are more prone to developing shoulder bursitis.
You can manage you shoulder bursitis with physiotherapy treatment. Initial treatment focuses on reducing inflammation and improving shoulder mobility. However, you can achieve mobility with the use of soft tissue release, passive joint mobilisations, taping to offload irritated structures and dry needling.
Most importantly, you should address and improve shoulder joint strength. In addition, strengthening can help provide increased stability and compression to the shoulder joint, preventing repeated impingement of the subacromial bursa. If sports related, training and technique should also be looked at and adjusted appropriately.
Some shoulder bursitis do not respond to conservative measures, a steroid injection may be used to settle symptoms.