Friday, January 19, 2018


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Shoulder Pain: Signs and Symptoms

Subacromial bursitis

This is an inflammation or irritation of the bursa, which is a small sac located between a bone and muscle, skin or tendon.  The bursa allow smooth gliding between the structures.  The subacromial bursa helps the motion of the rotator cuff and activities such as overhead work.  This movement is most often seen while playing sports as it controls the ability to throw objects or swing objects.  Bursitis is often developed secondary to injury, impingement, overuse of the muscle, or calcium deposits.

Signs and symptoms

  • Pain or motion and at rest, referred to the insertion of the deltoid muscle, about 4 to 5 inches down the outer arm
  • Occasional regional loss of active movements
  • Local tenderness, typically located in the front anterior and superior aspects of the shoulder, or the upper third of the arm
  • Acute burning pain in the shoulder
  • Pain may be described as severe pain which may interrupt sleep and prevent active movement
  • Passive arm movement is often restricted in a production (bringing arm outward) only