At the shoulder joint, where your humerus and scapula meet, lays a small but vital fluid-filled sac called a bursa. This little guy works day in and day out to decrease rubbing, friction, and irritation in your shoulder. You probably wouldn’t even know it was there, until it becomes injured and inflamed – thus leading to bursitis.
Those most at risk for this type of shoulder injury include: Older individuals: As the body ages tendons are less elastic and do not tolerate stress as well. This can lead to excess strain on the shoulder area and bursitis.
Those who do repetitive shoulder movement at work or play. Gardening, painting, tennis, golf, pitching, and carpentry all require the same shoulder movement time and time again. This creates stress in the same place in the shoulder and can lead to an irritated bursa sac.
Those with poor posture. Hunching forward, or tilting to one side or another, creates undue strain on the joint and can lead to shoulder stress and inflammation.
Inactivity plus poor posture can also lead to a secondary impingement of the bursa. This means the rotator cuff can become weak and unable to prevent the upper arm bone from squishing the bursa when you reach overhead.
Individuals who do not stretch or strengthen their chest and shoulder muscles. Tight pectoral muscles can cause your shoulder joint to internally rotate causing a slouched posture. This can add strain to the joint in the same way poor posture does.
You would want to seek medical attention if your shoulder pain accompanies a fever, overall illness, redness or swelling, or an inability to move to joint. These are signs there may be an infection in the fluid sac which requires medication.
However, if you only have shoulder pain the best strategy is to rest the joint, ice the area, and take anti-inflammatory medications. Dealing with your shoulder pain early on is the best strategy and often only requires you to work with your personal trainer to strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint.
You will also want to increase the flexibility of your pectorals and internal rotators. An often neglected muscle group vital to shoulder health are the external rotators. Here at BrodiePT we can provide you with some of the best personal training in Glasgow and provide you with effective exercises that are right for you and your shoulder health.