Subacromial Bursitis


A bursa is a small fluid filled sac that sits between bones and tendons/muscles which allows for smoother movement in joints. Bursitis is inflammation and swelling of the bursa. The injury can be secondary to trauma to the shoulder e.g. a fall or contact in a tackle, or repetitive micro trauma e.g. excessive throwing/reaching above the head.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Pain and swelling along the front and side of the shoulder
  • Pain with certain movements especially overhead
  • Night pain, especially when lying on the affected shoulder
  • Previous history of gout/arthritis

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