Between the bones and joints of the shoulder lies a fluid filled sac, known as the bursa. The bursa provides lubrication so that the bones and joints of the shoulder can glide smoothly and maintain normal range of motion. When the bursa becomes irritated it can become inflamed and swollen causing pain in the shoulder. Eventually, the space may become too narrow for the tendons and the bursa causing an impingement when they are used.
The bursa may become inflamed as a result of injury or repetitive strain. Underlying conditions such as gout or infection may also lead to Shoulder Bursitis.
Signs and symptoms of Shoulder Bursitis may include:
- Pain in the shoulder
- Stiffness of the shoulder
- Swelling of the shoulder
- Sensitivity to touch