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Causes, Symptoms and Signs of Bursitis Shoulder

Last Updated on Mar 27, 2019
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What are the Causes of Bursitis Shoulder?

It is not very clear what exactly causes bursitis shoulder and related shoulder pain but certain common factors have been identified. They are:

  • Increasing age - e.g. in women over the age of 40
  • Infections
  • Other health conditions - diabetes, gout, tendonitis, thyroid disease, arthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Other injuries, such as falls
  • Overuse of the shoulder - e.g. in students who study for long hours with their elbows resting on the table (studentís elbow) or miners using their hands (minerís elbow)
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What are the Symptoms and Signs of Bursitis Shoulder?

Injury, infection, or other health conditions that cause bursitis of the shoulder cause pain to the shoulder and inevitably set off a cycle of increased inflammation, restricted shoulder movement, and pain. This causes restrictions in movement and affects the quality of life. The general symptoms of bursitis shoulder are:

  • Shoulder pain when lying on the affected shoulder
  • Shoulder pain when trying to get something with the affected shoulder
  • Pain when the arm is kept above the head during sleep
  • Pain while sleeping
  • Pain while stretching the affected shoulder
Shoulder Pain: Bursitis Shoulder Symptom

References:

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  2. Johns Hopkins Medicine. Shoulder Bursitis. Accessed Feb 25, 2019. Cited Feb 25, 2019. - (https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/orthopaedic_disorders/shoulder_bursitis_22,ShoulderBursitis)
  3. Bursitis - (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK513340/)
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  5. Sizer PS, et al. Diagnosis and Management of the Painful Shoulder. Part 2: Examination, Interpretation, and Management. Pain Practice. 2003;3(2):152-185.
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  9. Petri M et al. Colecoxib effectively treats patients with acute shoulder tendinits/bursitis. J Rheum. 2004;31(8):1614-1620.

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