Shoulder Bursitis – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Mitchell F. Fagelman is one of the most experienced orthopedic surgeons practising in Carrollton, TX. His area of expertise includes sports injury, fractures, shoulder pain and elbow pain. The doctor is well known for treating rotator cuff injuries and performing joint replacement surgeries.

Shoulder Bursitis

Bursa is small fluid- filled sac that reduces friction between the tissues of the body and acts as a gliding surface between them. Bursae are located adjacent to tendons present near large joints, such as shoulders, elbows, knees and hips. Inflammation in these bursae is referred to as shoulder bursitis. It is common in people above the age of 40.

Risk Factors Of Shoulder Bursitis

  • Growing age
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis,
  • Gout
  • Diabetes

Causes Of Shoulder Bursitis

  • Leaning on your elbows for a prolong period
  • Overuse of shoulder muscles
  • Lifting excessive weight over your shoulder
  • Direct blow to the shoulder while playing contact sports
  • Activities that require continuous arm movement such as gardening, painting, playing instruments etc.

Symptoms Of Shoulder Bursitis

  • Sudden and severe Pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness in shoulder
  • Adhesive Capsulitis (Loss of shoulder motion)
  • Fever
  • Redness of skin near the affected area


Depending upon the severity of the condition the doctor may recommend certain imaging tests (X-ray, MRI and CT Scans) to have a clearer picture of the condition. He may also recommend blood test in order to analyze fluid content of the inflamed bursa.

Treatment of Shoulder Bursitis

Non-surgical treatment

  • Rest – In order to prevent further damage to the tissue the orthopedic doctor may suggest the patients to take rest.
  • Physical therapy – The doctor may recommend the patients to perform various muscle strengthening exercises to restore the lost shoulder motion.
  • Medication – Anti-inflammatory medicines may be prescribed by the doctors to  alleviate pain and swelling

Surgical treatment –

  • Bursectomy – In this procedure, an orthopedic surgeon makes an incision at the shoulder and removes the infected bursa. This surgery may also be conducted with the help of an arthroscope.
  • Tendon and muscle repair – If bursitis is caused due to an injury in the rotator cuff muscle, the orthopedic surgeon may make an incision and reattach the damaged tendon with the humeral head.
  • Subacromial decompression (acromioplasty) - In extreme cases along with the removal of infected bursa, the orthopedic surgeon may confiscate a part of shoulder blade as well. This is done in order to create more room for the shoulder’s soft tissues and eliminate pain.

For effective treatment of Shoulder Bursitis, visit Dr. Fagelman in Carrollton, TX. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.