Conditions: Shoulder Pain & Bursitis

Subacromial Bursitis & Shoulder Pain


  • Pain on the outside of your shoulder, pain may also spread down your arm towards the elbow or wrist.
  • Pain made worse when lying on your shoulder and when using your arm above your head.
  • Shoulder pain with activities such as washing hair and reaching.
How can Physiotherapy help?

Your Physiotherapist is able to diagnose shoulder bursitis or rotator cuff injury using specific tests. Shoulder bursitis commonly co-exists with rotator cuff tears or tendonitis.

It is important to be assessed by a trained Physiotherapist so they can differentiate between minor shoulder conditions that can be managed in clinic or refer on for scanning or specialist review as required. Indications of a more significant shoulder injury can include night pain, being over the age of 55 when pain started and pain starting falling trauma to the shoulder (falling onto n outstretched arm). Early physiotherapy treatment is vital to a quick and successful recovery.

Correcting muscle imbalances is the key to preventing and correcting shoulder bursitis and rotator cuff problems. Factors such as posture, muscle length, shoulder stability and rotator cuff muscle strength need to be addressed and can be improved with specific exercises as prescribed by your Physiotherapist.

Apex Physiotherapy can help

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