Bursitis of the Shoulder Treated in Louisville, KY

Athletic woman rubbing her painful shoulder

A bursa is a tiny, fluid-filled sac that cushions a joint and reduces friction between bones and soft tissues during movement. The shoulder is one of the most common joints affected by bursitis, which occurs when a bursa becomes irritated and inflamed. Usually a result of repetitive overhead motion, shoulder bursitis can cause painful swelling that impairs movement.

Due to the complexity of the shoulder joint, the evaluation and treatment of shoulder bursitis require highly refined expertise. In Louisville, Kentucky, you can consult with a board-certified orthopedic shoulder surgeon at Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic. Founded in 1974, our private practice provides comprehensive musculoskeletal care, and each of our providers is an experienced orthopedic subspecialist.

How Is Shoulder Bursitis Treated?

In many cases, shoulder bursitis improves on its own within a few weeks. In the meantime, home remedies can be used to improve comfort. Some options include:

  • Limited rest
  • Avoidance of movements that worsen symptoms, such as reaching overhead
  • Ice pack applications
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

If further relief is needed, a specialist at Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic may suggest a needle aspiration of the bursa fluid or a cortisone injection. Additionally, physical therapy can strengthen the muscles that support the shoulder to ease pain and help prevent a recurrence.

Surgical Treatment for Severe Pain

Sometimes, an inflamed bursa can painfully impinge the rotator cuff tendons in the shoulder. In this situation, subacromial decompression may be considered. This minimally invasive procedure involves removing the inflamed bursa along with some nearby bony tissue, if necessary, to create more space for the rotator cuff tendons.

If you would like to explore your treatment options for bursitis of the shoulder, contact Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic today to request a consultation with a shoulder specialist in Louisville, KY. Our goal is to keep active bodies in motion, and you can count on us to help you return to the activities you enjoy as quickly as possible.

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Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic

4130 Dutchman's Lane,
Suite 300,Louisville 40207
(502) 897-1794

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic

1425 State St.,
,New Albany 47150
(812) 920-0408

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic
4130 Dutchman's Lane
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40207

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic
1425 State St.
New Albany, IN 47150