Subacromial (shoulder) bursitis is a common reason for shoulder pain and often associated with other shoulder pathology e.g. rotator cuff tendinopathy, subacromial impingement and shoulder instability. Put simply, bursitis is inflammation of a bursa. There are approximately 8-12 bursa in and around the shoulder with the subacromial, sub-deltoid, subcoracoid and subscapular bursae being the most commonly irritated and referred to in the literature. The normal function of the bursae is to act like the oil in the engine of your car; lubricating and protecting moving parts. Usually we are blissfully unaware of their existence (the oil and the bursa) until … Continue reading
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