Swelling and inflammation in the shoulder from tendonitis or bursitis can restrict movement and cause pain. Both result from trauma, repetitive overuse and other injuries to the shoulder. If you have ongoing shoulder pain, you may be suffering from tendonitis or bursitis. Our experienced pain physicians can provide a diagnosis and treatment for shoulder tendonitis and bursitis at our clinic in Chicago.

What Is Shoulder Tendonitis?

Shoulder joint movement depends on tendons that connect the bones to muscles in the arms and shoulder. Stretching, tearing and damaging the tendons in the rotator cuff or biceps can result in inflammation, or tendonitis. Shoulder tendonitis is most often caused by repetitive use injuries, including throwing, overhead lifting or other repetitive shoulder movements. The inflamed tendons can push against the scapula or other bones, resulting in dull pain, stiffness and limited range of motion.

What Is Shoulder Bursitis?

The bursa in the shoulder is a fluid-filled sack that provides a cushion between the bones and soft tissues in the joint. When irritated, the shoulder bursa can become inflamed, causing bursitis. Due to the design of the shoulder joint, a swollen bursa can push against the bone and restrict movement. Shoulder bursitis and shoulder impingement can go hand-in-hand, resulting in pain and reduced range of motion.

Treatment for shoulder tendonitis and bursitis involves reducing inflammation. Often, both bursitis and tendonitis in the rotator cuff occur at the same time. Rest, ice and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be used to treat mild forms of bursitis or tendonitis. Severe or chronic conditions may need medical treatment. We offer interventional pain treatments for shoulder tendonitis and bursitis at CLEAR Wellness Group in Chicago.

If you have pain and restricted function of your shoulder that does not respond to conservative treatment, contact us at CLEAR Wellness Group for an appointment. We offer diagnosis and treatment of shoulder injuries and conditions, including tendonitis and bursitis.