Shoulder tendonitis and bursitis symptoms
The symptoms of shoulder tendonitis and bursitis include:
Difficulty moving the shoulder
Inability to hold your arm in certain positions
Pain, stiffness and swelling in the joint
Shoulder tendonitis and bursitis diagnosis
Your doctor may diagnose shoulder tendonitis or bursitis using one or more of the following tests:
A physical exam—to assess pain, swelling and range of motion in the shoulder joint.
X-rays— invisible electromagnetic energy beams that make images of different bones and their surrounding soft tissues.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)—provides a view inside the body using a large magnet, radio waves and computer technology.
Ultrasonography— an imaging test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create a picture of the inside of the shoulder.
Shoulder tendonitis and bursitis treatment
Depending on the extent of your shoulder tendonitis or bursitis, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following treatments:
Anti-inflammatory and pain medications—oral or topical medications that reduce swelling and inflammation that cause pain.
Cold therapy—your doctor may recommend applying ice packs to the shoulder several times a day to reduce pain and swelling.
Cortisone injections—an anti-inflammatory steroid is injected into the shoulder joint to reduce inflammation and pain.
Physical therapy—exercises to strengthen and regain range of motion and function in the shoulder.
Rest—avoiding activities and sports that cause the tendonitis or bursitis to flare up.
Surgery—in rare cases, surgery may be needed to treat severe injuries that cause tendonitis or bursitis.
At The Christ Hospital Health Network, our physicians are experts in properly diagnosing and treating your shoulder pain, so you can feel better as soon as possible.
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