A bursa is a closed fluid-filled sac, and we have 6 of these in the shoulder that helps to provide cushion and prevent friction between the structures of the shoulder.
Shoulder bursitis is the condition of inflammation of the shoulder’s bursa, caused by an overuse injury that starts with a bad posture that causes impingement of muscles and ligaments. Repetitive tasks (such as manual labor & weight training), or sports activities like cricket, tennis, basketball, volleyball, etc. irritate the bursa and cause inflammation.
Signs and symptoms that might indicate that you have shoulder bursitis are:
Pain is typically worse in the morning when you wake up, but can diminish when you get your shoulder moving around and warmed up, pain is typically described as a constant aching sensation, and can be associated with swelling and tenderness. And pain is exacerbated when the arm is moved overhead.
Traditional methods for dealing with shoulder bursitis are- anti-inflammatory drugs, topical analgesics (cream & spray), or in some severe cases, a steroid injection may need to be administered.
Shoulder bursitis is a condition that comes under sports injury and the sports physiotherapist has accurate knowledge about the condition and treatment protocol.
Modern physiotherapy treatment of shoulder bursitis includes:
A physiotherapist, especially a sports physiotherapist took a complete evaluation of the patient’s condition.
Manual therapy- sports physiotherapists have many manual therapy techniques to deal with shoulder bursitis.
Posture correction exercises- physiotherapist will teach you some posture correction exercises.
Core strengthening exercises.
Home exercise program.
High-intensity laser of class 4.
TENS + US combo therapy.
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy.
Exercises for shoulder bursitis such as:
Shoulder circular motion- 5-10 in one way and then reverse the circle.
Corner Chest stretching.
Shoulder squeezes or scapular squeeze- 5-10 repetitions.
Upper trapezius stretching.
Shoulder flexion with cane/PVC pipe- set your hand on the bar, with straight elbows, then elevate your arms to stretch and then slowly come back down. Do 5-10 repetitions.
Shoulder external rotation with cane/PVC pipe- keep your elbow 90-degree bend and close to your side, grab one end of the pipe with your right hand and hold the pipe with your left hand. Now push the pipe with the left hand to make do right shoulder external rotation. Repeat this 5-10 times.
Resistive external rotation of the shoulder with the help of the band.
Open book stretch.
Strengthening of scapular muscles- do I, Y & T exercise in the prone position.
standing and ground Rowing