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Whether you’re reaching for a book on the shelf, sitting at a desk or swinging at a baseball, your shoulders are always at work. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the shoulder is the body’s most injured joint. If you suffer from chronic shoulder pain, you might have shoulder bursitis.
AdventHealth Orthopedic Surgeon Benjamin Lindbloom, MD, explains the symptoms of shoulder bursitis and its risks.
Do You Have Shoulder Bursitis?
“Shoulder bursitis occurs when fluid builds up in the sacs between the bones and joint tissues (known as the bursa) and becomes inflamed,” says Dr. Lindbloom. When healthy, bursa sacs provide a cushion that helps bones, tendons and muscles move together without friction and pain.
Common Symptoms of Shoulder Bursitis
Talk to your doctor if you experience any uncomfortable symptoms, such as:
- Dull ache, sharp pain or mild tenderness in the shoulder
- Stiffness or swelling in the shoulder
- Pain when lying on the shoulder
- Pinching pain when raising the hand overhead
Who’s at Risk?
“Anyone can develop shoulder bursitis, but professions that involve a lot of repetitive shoulder movement top the list, such as painting and carpentry,” explains Dr. Lindbloom. Hobbies such as baseball, tennis, lacrosse and weightlifting can also lead to bursitis. “Plus, certain conditions increase your chances of developing bursitis, including arthritis, diabetes, kidney disease and thyroid disease.”
Expert Treatment for Shoulder Pain
If you are experiencing chronic shoulder pain, a limited range of motion that interferes with your daily activities or weakness of the shoulder or arm, you should see an orthopedic specialist. Our expert orthopedic team is committed to providing expert-level care for shoulders — with uncommon compassion. To learn more or schedule an appointment, click here.