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Treat Bursitis Shoulder
Therapy, injections: Shoulder bursitis generally responds well to conservative care including nsaids, physical therapy, icing, a home shoulder exercise program and occasionally injections. People who fail to improve with 4-6 months of conservative care may require surgical treatment which is generally done arthroscopically. ...Read more
Rest, ice, NSAIDs: Assuming the diagnosis of bursitis is correct, initial treatment includes rest from aggravating activities (particularly overhead activities and lifting), ice to the shoulder for 20 minutes 3-4 times/day and anti-inflammatories (nsaids) such as advil or aleve (naproxen). Make sure that you read the warning label before taking these. Do realize that subacromial bursitis often occurs with a rotator cuff tear. ...Read more
C a shoulder surgeon: These 2 in combination sound like impingement as well as bicepts tendonitis. Both usually respond 2 injection, and if so u have the dx, treatment varies from activity modification, nsaids, pt. At times this may stop it, esp activ mod. If not & u fail 3-6 mos of conservative care u may need surgery. I would b cn by a shoulder specialist first and have x-rays & an mr b 4 starting rx, esp if bad. ...Read more
Usually PT: Physical therapy, anti inflammatory medications, ice, and rest are the mainstays of treating bursitis of the shoulder. If that fails, a cortisone injection maybe considered. Surgery is reserved for refractory cases, after all non-operative measures have failed, and a thorough work up to confirm diagnosis is performed. ...Read more
See below: Get xrays first. Next, your orthopedist may recommend a trial nsaid's and therapy. Next, if pain persists a subacromial space injection in the shoulder region may be considered. Failed injections and conservative measures may lead to need for an MRI evaluation and possibly even surgical intervention. ...Read more
Yes: If you have exhausted all nonoperative options, including anti-inflammatory meds, therapy, activity modifications, and injections either steroid or toradol, then surgery becomes the remaining option. Typical surgery for this would be arthroscopic subacromial decompression. Recovery may take up to 2-3 months. ...Read more
Anti-inflammatories: Ac joint pain is usually due to inflammation, either due to trauma or arthritis. Oral and/or injectable steroids are the fastest way to treat inflammation. Ice, rest and nsaid's ate also very helpful treatments, but may take a little longer to work. Sometimes therapy or even surgery may be needed. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
PT and NSAIDs: Physical therapy, anti inflammatory medications, ice, and rest are the mainstays of treating bursitis of the shoulder. If that fails, a cortisone injection maybe considered. Surgery is reserved for refractory cases, after all non-operative measures have failed, and a thorough work up to confirm diagnosis is performed. ...Read more
Not Likely: Vital 3 is available over-the-counter and has very trace amounts of elements that may be thought of as helping with joint pain or inflammation. Also, bursitis is a very general term and I would almost never use it as primary diagnosis so if you have had trouble for a long time, see a shoulder specialist. If you are looking for available otc meds...I recommend looking elsewhere. ...Read more
Probably not: Bursitis is inflammation of the bursal sac between the acromion and rotator cuff. There is rarely enough inflammation to cause swelling. The biceps tendon, which goes along the front of the shoulder can get swollen. Other causes could be a cyst or something called a lipoma. I would see a shoulder specialist. ...Read more
Not associated: A bra strap does not prevent, help or make shoulder motion more difficult. The repetitive motion of the shoulder along with some collarbone spurs that protrude down into the bursa region can cause inflammation of the bursa and the pain associated with it. Inflammation of the rotator cuff tendon can also cause an irritation of the overlying bursa leading to bursitis as well. ...Read more
See below: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
There are a number of causes of bursitis. To deal with the pain start with icing your shoulder for 10-15 min, 3-4 times each day. Also avoid doing activities over chest level. If you spend lots of time at the computer make sure your elbows are at your side while you are typing/mousing.
You can take nsaids, but beware of taking too much or for too long.
If you don't improve get evaluated by an md. ...Read more
Not enough info: What do you mean by 'after recovery? '. ...Read more
Up to 6 weeks: Shoulder bursitis typically resolves with appropriate treatment within 6 weeks or so. Treatment options include rest, ice, nsaids, and sometimes a subacromial steroid shot. Symptoms that don't resolve or that persist should be further investigated to make sure there is not something else going on.... ...Read more
Varies: It can be resistant. Usually with meds & exercise, give it 4 weeks. If no better consider injection. ...Read more
2-4 weeks: Most tendonitis/bursitis resolves with rest, ice, and nsaid's. If symptoms persist, consider being evaluated by a shoulder specialist. Occasionally, a cortisone injection or formal pt may be indicated. Certainly, if symptoms persist beyond this, further workup or teting may be required to look for a more significant injury. ...Read more
Any advice? I have been suffering with my shoulder for couple of years. Any advice? I have been told by doctors I have bursitis?
I got bursitis in my shoulder from lifting wights and after I'm healed and go back to lifting weights am I more or less likely to get it again?
Yes: Yes, you are, if you go back to lifting heavy right away and your form and posture is not correct. I would recommend starting slowly and making sure you have proper form and technique. Also, lifting different muscle groups on each day will help prevent it from coming back. ...Read more