Table of Contents
- What is shoulder bursitis?
- What causes shoulder bursitis?
- What are risk factors for shoulder bursitis?
- What are shoulder bursitis symptoms and signs? How is shoulder bursitis diagnosed?
- What are treatments for shoulder bursitis?
- Are there home remedies for shoulder bursitis?
- What is the prognosis for shoulder bursitis?
- Is it possible to prevent shoulder bursitis?
- What health-care specialties treat shoulder bursitis?
What are shoulder bursitis symptoms and signs? How is shoulder bursitis diagnosed?
Bursitis is typically identified by localized pain or swelling, tenderness, and pain with motion of the tissues in the affected area. X-ray testing can sometimes detect calcifications in the bursa when bursitis has been chronic or recurrent. MRI scanning (magnetic resonance imaging) can also define bursitis. Shoulder bursitis is often accompanied by tendinitis of tendons adjacent to the affected bursa in the shoulder. Shoulder bursitis causes focal tenderness of the inflamed tissues. It can also cause a "pinching" pain when the elbow is moved away from the body, referred to as an "impingement" sign.
Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.
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