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Bursitis of the Shoulder

"What is Bursitis? My primary care doctor suspects I have it."

Bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that are located in joints throughout the body, including the shoulder. They act as cushions between bones and the overlying soft tissues, and help reduce friction between the gliding muscles and the bone.

Sometimes, excessive use of the shoulder leads to inflammation and swelling of the bursa between the rotator cuff and part of the shoulder blade known as the acromion. The result is a condition known as subacromial bursitis. Bursitis often occurs in association with rotator cuff tendinitis. The many tissues in the shoulder can become inflamed and painful. Many daily activities, such as combing your hair or getting dressed, may become difficult.

For your most accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for Bursitis, call the board certified orthopaedic surgeons at Ortho El Paso at 915-249-4000 or visit us at www.orthoep.com.

Source: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org