Shoulder specialists have years of expert training to understand the complex network of soft tissues within the shoulder. When you have shoulder pain, working with a shoulder specialist ensures you are treating the root of your discomfort and preventing additional complications. For residents of Strasburg, PA, Dr. Michael Bercik at Lancaster Orthopedic Group provides convenient, affordable, and high-quality shoulder specialty care.

Shoulder Specialist Strasburg, PADr. Michael Bercik is a board-certified orthopedic shoulder surgeon who has spent years mastering advanced techniques to treat complex shoulder ailments. He completed his medical education at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, before completing his residency program at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, PA. He has continually gone above and beyond to develop his skill set, and has been recognized for his expertise. He was awarded the Orthopedic In-training Examination award for scoring the highest in his residency program, in addition to the Mark D Chilton award for outstanding patient care. 

Dr. Bercik considers himself a lifelong learner and is active in research and education. He is continually pushing the field forward and updates his methods to offer his patients state-of-the-art techniques and methods.

Tips to relieve shoulder bursitis pain

Shoulder bursitis pain can make even the most common movements difficult. While listening to your body will generally indicate which movements you should avoid, it is not always cut and dry. Simple lifestyle factors may be playing a bigger role than you think in helping to alleviate pain over time and prevent future flare-ups.

Here are three tips to relieve shoulder bursitis pain in your everyday life.

Tip 1: Change your sleeping position 

If you experience worse pain in the mornings, it may be due to your sleeping position. If you commonly lie on your side and have your arm extended under your pillow, that can aggravate your condition. Instead, try altering your pillow to a comfortable height where you can support your neck without the need for your arm. When you lie with your arm raised, it can pinch the bursae and rotator cuff, putting unnecessary stress on the shoulder. 

Tip 2: Stop leaning on your elbows

Another lesser-known culprit for aggravated shoulder bursitis is leaning on your elbows. When you lean on your elbows, it compresses your shoulder and puts pressure on your bursae. This is especially damaging over long periods of time, such as while you are working or watching tv. Try to pay attention to your posture and working habits to see if this may be playing a factor in your pain. In some cases, a standing desk can help to alleviate this habit.

Tip 3: Focus on improving your posture

If you slouch, your shoulder blades pull forward, which can pinch the bursae and aggravate bursitis. This is common when people are working on their computer or looking at technology. This can also strain the back and neck, which can cause additional discomfort and pain. Try to make an ergonomic workspace where you can comfortably work correct posture. If you can, incorporating daily movement can help relieve this pain.

Let’s work together!

Dr. Michael Bercik is committed to helping every patient reach their goals and relieve symptoms of shoulder and elbow conditions. For residents of Strasburg, Pennsylvania, make your first appointment with Lancaster Orthopedic Group to get started today. We can be reached by using the “Schedule An Appointment” link in the top right of the website or calling (866) 564-1000.