I Have a What ???

by Pam White, PT, DPT

Bursitis: A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that prevents muscles or tendons from rubbing on bony prominences. We have bursa in various parts of our bodies including the hip, knee, elbow, and shoulder. Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa and is usually caused by an overuse injury.

Frozen shoulder: Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that causes loss of range of motion and pain in the shoulder. Frozen shoulder is caused when the capsule which surrounds the joint (like a Saran wrap covering) becomes inflamed and scars down. What starts the process of a frozen shoulder is often unknown. Patients with diabetes are more at risk.

Shoulder impingement: Shoulder impingement syndrome is a condition where the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles become inflamed where they pass through the subacromial space, or space below the acromion. This can cause loss of range of motion, pain especially with overhead activity, and weakness in the shoulder.

Rotator cuff tear: The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that surround the shoulder joint and whose goal is to keep your upper arm bone, or humerus, stable in its socket. There are two types of rotator cuff tears, a partial tear or a complete tear. A partial tear is when one of the tendons become frayed or damaged. A complete tear is one that goes all the way through a tendon. Symptoms include shoulder pain and difficulty lifting your arm up.

Having shoulder problems? Call Dresher Physical Therapy TODAY so we can evaluate your condition and put you on the road to recovery. Simple exercises may be all you need to improve your pain and restore motion and function!

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