Shoulder Impingement and Bursitis

Shoulder Impingement and Bursitis


Impingement of the shoulder and irritated bursa of the shoulder are two complaints that can co exist or present indecently of one another. An individual suffering from these issues may present with pain in the shoulder, pain when moving the shoulder and lying on it. There are many different reasons why an individual may develop a shoulder impingement and bursitis and these might be related to activities typically performed on a daily basis.


Common Signs and Symptoms include:

  • Pain around the shoulder
  • Pain with movement of the shoulder
  • Weakness when moving the shoulder.
  • Pain when lying on the shoulder.

As with all shoulder complaints, it is important that referred pain from the neck is ruled out as a cause.


Treatment and management can include:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Anti inflammatories and prescribed pain medication by your GP
  • Manual therapy such as massage, joint mobilisation, taping and dry needling
  • Exercise prescription and rehabilitation exercises.


How Can An Osteopath At Principle Four Osteopathy Help You?

  • Your Osteopath will take you through an osteopathy consultation that involves taking detailed case history and assessment to help identify the cause of your injury and give you a diagnosis.
  • Your Osteopath will provide you with a treatment and management plan that is appropriate for the injury or condition.
  • This also includes listening to your goals as a client and ensuring that the treatment and management plan is discussed with you and focused towards you achieving these goals.
  • In some cases your Osteopath may be required to refer for further assessment and investigation and this may be with one of our Trusted Professional Network of practitioners.
  • Your Osteopath may provide hands on Osteopathy or provide you with an exercise prescription / rehabilitation program.
  • Your Osteopath will provide you with a treatment and management program that educates and shows you how to better manage your condition through stretching, mobility and strengthening where appropriate.

To find out more about how to better treat and manage your back or neck pain, please call 03 9670 9290 or book an appointment online to see one of our Osteopaths at Principle Four Osteopathy.


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