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Shoulder Bursitis

The body contains over 150 fluid-filled sacs called bursa. Located throughout the body, bursa act as cushions, decreasing the rubbing between our soft tissue (skin, tendons and ligaments) and bony surfaces. Over time, bursa can become inflamed and painful, a condition known as bursitis. The most common form of bursitis is called chronic bursitis, which can be caused by a variety of factors that cause repetitive irritation of the bursa.

Shoulder Bursitis: What You Need to Know

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  • Shoulder bursitis may occur due to injury or overuse. Sometimes, there is no identifiable cause.
  • Bursitis and its associated pain are usually treated with rest, anti-inflammatory medications or injections of hydrocortisone.
  • Many types of shoulder pain can mimic the signs of bursitis. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, you should be evaluated by a skilled orthopaedic clinician to get an accurate diagnosis.

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