Shoulder bursitis, a common orthopedic condition characterized by the inflammation of the bursa – a fluid-filled sac acting as a cushion between bones and soft tissues – in the shoulder, can significantly impact an individual’s daily life and mobility. If you are struggling with shoulder bursitis, seeking an orthopedic specialist like Dr. Michael Bercik is important for effective diagnosis and treatment.

Bursitis of ShoulderDr. Bercik is a renowned orthopedic surgeon at Lancaster Orthopedic Group, known for his specialization in shoulder and elbow conditions. His academic excellence began at Georgetown University and continued at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Society. Dr. Bercik further refined his expertise with a residency at the Rothman Institute and advanced fellowships in France and Australia, focusing on complex shoulder and elbow treatments. His comprehensive training, combined with a focus on patient-centered care, distinguishes him as an esteemed professional in orthopedic surgery.

Understanding Shoulder Bursitis

Bursitis of the shoulder occurs when the bursa becomes inflamed, often due to overuse, injury, or underlying conditions like arthritis. This inflammation leads to pain, swelling, and limited movement in the shoulder. Common among athletes, laborers, and individuals performing repetitive shoulder movements, it can also arise from a direct injury or as a secondary issue to other shoulder pathologies. Key symptoms include:

  • Persistent shoulder pain, often worsening at night
  • Swelling and redness in the shoulder area
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Pain when moving the shoulder or applying pressure

Treatment Options

Accurate diagnosis is crucial in treating shoulder bursitis effectively. An orthopedic specialist will conduct a comprehensive physical examination, review the patient’s medical history, and order imaging tests like X-rays, MRI, or ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis and assess the severity of the condition.

A range of options for shoulder bursitis is available, from conservative methods to more advanced interventions. These treatments are designed to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and restore functionality in the shoulder. Understanding these options is crucial for effective management and recovery from this condition.

  • Conservative Treatments:
    • Medication: NSAIDs are often prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation.
    • Physical Therapy: Customized exercises and stretches help to restore mobility, strengthen the shoulder muscles, and alleviate discomfort.
    • Rest and Activity Modification: Limiting activities that aggravate the condition is advised to facilitate healing.
    • Ice and Heat Therapy: Applying ice or heat can help manage pain and swelling.
  • Advanced Interventions:
    • Corticosteroid Injections: Used in more severe cases to provide quick relief from pain and inflammation.
    • Surgery: Surgical intervention, though rare, may be necessary if conservative treatments fail to provide relief. Procedures may involve removing the inflamed bursa or addressing any underlying issues contributing to the bursitis.

Recovery from shoulder bursitis varies depending on the severity of the condition and the treatment approach. Physical therapy is a crucial component of the rehabilitation process, focusing on regaining strength and functionality in the shoulder.

The Road to Recovery

Shoulder bursitis, while a common condition, requires expert care for effective management and recovery. Dr. Bercik’s role as an experienced orthopedic specialist is pivotal in providing accurate diagnosis, comprehensive treatment, and preventive care. Seeking specialist care ensures that patients not only achieve relief from their current symptoms but also receive education and support to prevent future issues, ultimately improving their quality of life and shoulder function.

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