Shoulder Bursitis

Shoulder Bursitis

What is Shoulder Bursitis?

Bursae are thin, slippery sacs located throughout the body that acts as cushions between bones and soft tissues. They contain a small amount of lubricating fluid that allows the skin to move freely over the underlying bone.The olecranon bursa lies between the loose skin and the pointy bone of the shoulder called the olecranon. Normally, the olecranon bursa is flat. If it becomes irritated or inflamed, more fluid will accumulate in the bursa and bursitis will develop.

Signs and Symptoms

Common symptoms of shoulder bursitis include swelling, pain when direct pressure on the shoulder, and pus begins to drain.

Treatment Options

Common treatment options for shoulder bursitis include removing the liquid from the bursa, shoulder pads, activity changes, and medications.

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