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Subacromial Bursitis

What is subacromial bursitis?

Bursitis is inflammation and swelling of a bursa. A bursa is a fluid-filled sac which forms under the skin, usually over the joints, and acts as a cushion between the tendons and bones. The subacromial bursa is sandwiched between the bony tip of the shoulder and the ball and socket joint of the shoulder itself.

The main symptoms of subacromial bursitis are pain when tryingto elevate the arm, swelling and tenderness in the affected area.

How do we treat bursitis at the Mansfield Clinic?

The first step in treatment of subacromial bursitis is to use simple measures such as ice packs, painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication. 

If your bursitis symptoms are very severe or they do not respond to simple treatment, steroid injections introduced into the inflamed bursa are another possible treatment option. You will need to avoid strenuous activity for a few days afterwards.

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