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.
Could 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. 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 of the following symptoms:
- Dull ache, sharp pain or mild tenderness in the shoulder
- Pain when lying on the shoulder
- Pinching pain when raising the hand overhead
- Stiffness or swelling in the shoulder
Who’s At Risk of Developing Bursitis?
Anyone can develop shoulder bursitis, but professions that involve a lot of repetitive shoulder movement top the list, such as painting and carpentry. Hobbies like 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’re 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.
Rothman Orthopaedics’ newest physician, G. Russell Huffman, MD, MPH, is now seeing patients in Winter Park. Dr. Huffman is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with clinical expertise in arthroscopy of the shoulder and elbow, tendon and ligament reconstructions of the elbow, simple and complex shoulder stabilization surgeries, and joint replacement and reconstruction.