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Shoulder & Elbow Bursitis

What is Shoulder or Elbow Bursitis?

Between the bones and joints of the shoulder and elbow are fluid-filled sacs, known as bursa, that help the bones and joints glide smoothly.  When one or more of these bursa becomes impinged or inflamed it is referred to as Bursitis.  Bursitis is commonly caused by a bone spur in the shoulder or elbow irritating the bursa. Bursitis is common among those whose daily activities require repetitive overhead motions or lifting.

If you have Shoulder or Elbow Bursitis the common symptoms can include:

  • Pain in the elbow or shoulder
  • Difficulty lifting your arm overhead

The Board Certified Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at OSS Health have helped thousands of patients with Shoulder or Elbow Bursitis return to an active and healthy lifestyle using a variety of treatment options.

How is Shoulder or Elbow Bursitis Treated at OSS Health?

In almost all cases, the Board Certified Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at OSS Health will recommend conservative treatment options to reduce pain and inflammation caused by Bursitis.  

These treatment options can include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical Therapy
  • Injection Therapy

In the instance where a bone spur is the underlying cause of Bursitis, your OSS Health specialists may recommend an arthroscopic procedure to remove the bone spur.  This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis so that you are able to return home the same day as your procedure. Using our advanced minimally invasive techniques, there is very little surgical trauma and you are able to recover and return to normal activities shortly after surgery.

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