All About Shoulder Bursitis

A few weeks ago we shared about bursitis and how these structures help reduce friction between tissues in your body. When a bursa becomes inflamed, it is known as bursitis. Bursitis can happen in many areas of the body, including knee bursitis and Achilles bursitis (in the heel). Dr. Kevin McIntyre of Burlington Sports Therapy helps explain shoulder bursitis and how to treat it. Here’s an excerpt:

Many patients come to our clinic believing they have shoulder bursitis. Shoulder bursitis is a condition in which the bursa of the shoulder gets inflamed and generates pain. What is a bursa you ask? Let’s start from the beginning…

Bursa and Bursitis

Bursa are anatomical structures that are present throughout our body. A simple way to explain them is that they are “spacers” to separate different tissues in our body to prevent friction…think of a balloon filled with pudding.  Under normal circumstances we don’t even know we have them. They are present in our shoulders, knees, hips (and other major joints) and they usually don’t cause any symptoms or signs of dysfunction. When provoked, these structures can become inflamed. When this happens they swell with fluid and create the painful condition called “bursitis”.

Check out the full article and learn more about shoulder bursitis.

Rotator Cuff Tears and Treatment

The rotator cuff is an important joint in your shoulder that helps control movement in your arm. It has the largest range of motion of any of the joints in your body, and can be injured due to traumatic force or through years of use. Dr. Kevin McIntyre of Burlington Sports Therapy helps explain rotator cuff tears and treatment. Here’s an excerpt:

So you have a sore, painful shoulder and you’ve been told it’s a rotator cuff tear. But what does that mean? How do you treat a torn rotator cuff muscle? How do you know if your rotator cuff is torn? Let’s start with the basics…

What is a rotator cuff tear?

A rotator cuff tear is a very common injury affecting one (or more) of four different muscles in the shoulder. A tear can be partial or complete and can sometimes involve retraction of the tissue. Rotator cuff tears can be painful but they don’t have to be. They can often be associated with a traumatic event…but they don’t have to be! Rotator cuff tears can occur after years and years of use and are much more common in those people over 60.

Check out the full article and learn more about rotator cuff tears. Rotator cuff tears can severely impede your everyday living. If you’ve been diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear, your doctor may recommend a shoulder brace for rotator cuff tears.

How to Improve Bad Posture

Did you know that many shoulder and neck injuries are a result of bad posture? Poor posture can cause back and neck pain, headaches, and shoulder and arm pain. It can affect individuals who work in an office, professional athletes, or pretty much anyone.

A recent article reported that Florida Marlins pitcher Josh Johnson’s shoulder injury may be a result of bad posture. Now he’s standing straighter and even wearing a customized shirt that keeps his shoulders back.

Here are some ways to prevent back and shoulder pain resulting from poor posture:

  • Switch to an ergonomic chair in areas such as your office where you will have long periods of sitting.
  • Take frequent short breaks and walks.
  • Stand taller, with your shoulders back. In short, be aware of your posture and correct it.
  • Wear a posture support which can help you maintain correct positioning in your upper back.

Any person can have poor posture, but it is especially common among taller individuals and those who work at desk jobs. If you are at risk, speak with your doctor about ways to improve your posture.

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Meeting with a doctor about joint pain can be confusing at times, especially because there can be so many different causes for your condition. Dr. Kevin McIntyre of Burlington Sports Therapy takes a deeper look at shoulder impingement (also known as shoulder pain) and breaks down several of the common causes. Here’s an excerpt:

It’s always easier to understand a condition when we simplify it. This happens quite often in the world of physical rehabilitation. An example in the knee would be the diagnosis of patellofemoral syndrome. This is a term that many practitioners use to describe a patients knee pain, yet it doesn’t specifically distinguish between various causes of pain in this area. Quite often patients are diagnosed with a condition in the shoulder called impingement. Again, this is helpful for some patients so that they can understand their condition better, but it is still a very vague term.

Check out the full article and learn more about the common causes of shoulder pain.

Immobilization – The Key to Healing Broken Bones

Have you ever broken a bone in your arm? Our natural reaction when falling or bracing for an impact is to extend our arms. Because of this, broken arms and shoulders are common injuries.

It can take several weeks or even months for a broken arm to heal completely. Immobilizing your arm is a key factor during the rehabilitation process. Immobilization helps keep your bones aligned as they heal and can also reduce pain, swelling and muscle spasms. Most likely your physician will align your bones back into proper place, and then place a cast on the affected area. Your doctor may also recommend that you wear an arm sling or arm immobilizer to help provide extra support and to prevent you from moving beyond your range of motion too early. Nowadays arm slings come in various designs. They come with breathable fabric and some even have pockets so you can ice your injury to help enhance the healing.

If you ever experience a broken bone, make sure to see your physician immediately so you can start healing as soon as possible!