Shoulder Bursitis and its Physiotherapy Treatment

Shoulder Bursitis and its Physiotherapy Treatment

What is Shoulder Bursitis?

Shoulder bursitis is characterized by pain and soreness around the shoulder, particularly while elevating the arm over the head. Shoulder bursitis arises when the subacromial bursa, a large sac on the top of the shoulder, gets inflamed. This is why it is also known as subacromial bursitis. Bursae are pouches of lubricating fluid that are present between tissues such as bone, muscles, tendons, and skin to minimize rubbing friction and discomfort.

Causes are:

Shoulder bursitis is most commonly caused by the recurrent impact on the shoulder or by a sudden catastrophic injury; nevertheless, aging also plays a role since tendons with age are less capable of absorbing stress or are less elastic, making them more easily torn. Subacromial bursitis can also be caused by overuse or injury to the shoulder during work or play. Throwing, pitching, painting, gardening, raking, woodworking, shoveling, and cleaning are all high-risk occupations. Tennis, golf, skiing, cricket, basketball, badminton, and other activities are common causes of Subacromial bursitis.

Improper posture at home, as well as inadequate stretching or conditioning before exercise, can all contribute to Subacromial bursitis. An abnormal or poorly positioned bone or joint can cause bursitis. Stress or inflammation caused by other disorders such as thyroid issues, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, or unexpected pharmaceutical responses may further raise a person’s risk; also, an infection can contribute to bursa inflammation.

The most common symptoms of Subacromial bursitis are:

Shoulder pain.
The discomfort may appear gradually or suddenly and severely, especially if calcium deposits are present.
Loss of motion in the shoulder.


Physiotherapy treatment for Subacromial bursitis shoulder discomfort began with Cryo-therapy or Heat therapy, depending on the commencement of the condition.

Then, our skilled physiotherapist will do specialized manual therapy treatments such as glenohumeral joint manipulation and mobilization, soft tissue massage around the shoulder, neck, upper back, and so on. helps in the improvement of the total shoulder range of motion.

Our physiotherapy clinic is outfitted with the most advanced high-tech devices for pain relief and healing, such as Extracorporeal Shockwave Treatment, Combo therapy, high-intensity class 4 laser treatment, super inductive system, Cryo-air, and others.

Shoulder muscle stretching includes stretching the levator scapulae, pectoralis major, subscapularis, and upper trapezius muscles. This will boost range, and you can do it at home on your own.

Strengthening workouts for the Serratus anterior, rhomboids, and lower trapezius muscles utilizing thera bands, resistance tubes, dumbbells, and other equipment.

Muscle releasing method- sports physiotherapists use this technique to release or loosen tight muscles or soft tissues.

Dry needling, Cupping therapy, Kinesio taping, and other specific procedures.

PNF technique and muscle energy technique.

Place a small towel against the wall and keep your palm in contact with it while keeping your elbow straight > take a forward step with the foot on the same side as your affected shoulder > slowly take the towel up on the wall > to increase your shoulder movement, bend your knee and push your shoulder further

Posture correction exercises.

The home exercise program includes- Gentle pendulum range of motion movements, scapular activities such as shoulder shrugs and retraction exercises, isometric strengthening exercises, using a hot pack or hot water towel 2-3 times per day, and corner chest stretching are all part of the home exercise regimen.

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