Subacromial Bursitis

Subacromial Bursitis Physiotherapy Toronto

Subacromial Bursitis

Subacromial Bursitis Physiotherapy TorontoSubacromial Bursitis

Everybody has several bursas in the shoulder.  A bursa appearance resembles that of a flat grape, and provides a cushion between our tendons and bones. The subacromial bursa helps the motion of the supraspinatus tendon of the rotator cuff of your shoulder in activities such as overhead work. Subacromial bursitis (also called shoulder bursitis) is a common cause of shoulder pain. This condition occurs when the bursa becomes damaged, irritated, or inflamed. 

Causes of subacromial bursitis

Shoulder bursitis can be caused by different factors including:

  • A direct impact such as a fall or being hit
  • Repetitive stress or overuse of the shoulder joint and muscles such as overhead reaching or lifting, throwing, or twisting of the arm
  • Sports, in particular throwing sports (such as cricket), swimming, racquet sports (such as tennis), weight lifting, and paddling sports (such as kayaking)
  • Muscle problems such as weakness, poor coordination
  • Calcium deposits in the shoulder muscles
  • Degeneration of the acromioclavicular (AC) joint
  • Bone spurs on the acromion
  • Shoulder surgery or replacement
  • Autoimmune diseases such as; gout, rheumatoid arthritis,and thyroid disease

Symptoms of subacromial bursitisshoulder subacromial bursitis

Typically, the symptoms of subacromial bursitis appear gradually and include:

  • Pain on the outside or top of the shoulder
  • Pain when rotating the arm
  • Shoulder pain felt when arm is moving up and outwards 60 – 90°
  • Intensified pain while using the arm above the head
  • Intensified pain while lying on the affected shoulder
  • Pain relief when the arm is by your side
  • Pain when pushing or pulling open a door

Treatment of subacromial bursitis

Physiotherapy Treatments

Your Physiotherapist will design a specific treatment program that will speed up your recovery and help you return to your normal lifestyle. Your Physiotherapist may perform a combination of the following treatments to treat subacromial bursitis:

  • Rest: avoiding aggravating activities such as lifting or reaching overhead
  • Ice packs: 15 minutes every 2 hours In the acute stage
  • Heat: to promote blood flow and healing
  • Hands-on therapy: including soft tissue massage and manual therapy including mobilizations and manipulations
  • Shockwave Therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Taping
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Individualized shoulder stretching and strengthening exercises: such as table slides (flexion), scapular wall slides, upper trap, open book stretch, rowing, and low row isometric
  • Dry needling / Acupuncture
  • Postural re-education

Stop suffering from shoulder pain and get treatment with an expert Physiotherapist in downtown Toronto at Ace Physio.  Call our friendly staff at 416-900-6653 to book your appointment today.

About the Author

Brad SaltzBrad is a Registered Physiotherapist at Ace Physio, a highly respected Physiotherapy clinic in downtown Toronto. Ace Physio provides high quality one on one Physiotherapy that combined state-of-art technology such as; Shockwave Therapy, Laser Therapy, and Spinal Decompression with traditional Physiotherapy.View all posts by Brad Saltz