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Understanding Shoulder Bursitis And Cortisone Injections

16 May, 2023
Understanding Shoulder Bursitis And Cortisone Injections

Are you suffering from persistent shoulder pain? It could be due to a condition called shoulder bursitis. At DX Physio, we understand how debilitating shoulder injuries can be, and we’re here to help you navigate your treatment options.

What is Shoulder Bursitis?

Shoulder bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa, a small fluid-filled sac that provides a cushion between bones and soft tissues in your shoulder. This condition can cause pain and limit your shoulder’s range of motion. It often occurs in conjunction with other shoulder issues such as rotator cuff injuries or tendonitis.

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Cortisone Injections for Shoulder Bursitis

Cortisone injections are one treatment option for shoulder bursitis. These injections can reduce inflammation, thereby decreasing pain and improving function. Cortisone injections are often combined with physiotherapy to optimize recovery and prevent further shoulder problems.

Latest Research on Cortisone Injections for Shoulder Bursitis

According to recent studies, cortisone injections can provide significant short-term pain relief for shoulder bursitis. However, long-term benefits are still being researched, and there may be potential side effects to consider.

A 2023 study published in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery found that patients with shoulder bursitis experienced significant pain reduction after cortisone injections. However, the study also suggests that physiotherapy, including exercises for shoulder strength and flexibility, can complement cortisone treatment for long-term relief and prevention.

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Potential Side Effects of Cortisone Injection

While cortisone injections can provide significant relief from shoulder bursitis pain, it’s important to be aware of potential side effects. These may include:

  1. Pain and swelling at the injection site: This is often temporary and can be managed with ice packs and rest.
  2. Skin discoloration: Some people may notice a lightening of the skin around the injection site.
  3. Elevated blood sugar levels: People with diabetes should monitor their blood sugar levels after receiving a cortisone injection, as it can temporarily increase these levels.
  4. Allergic reactions: Though rare, some people may have an allergic reaction to cortisone.
  5. Tendon weakening or rupture: Repeated cortisone injections can weaken tendons, and in rare cases, may cause them to rupture.
  6. Osteoporosis: Frequent cortisone injections, especially in large doses, may lead to osteoporosis or bone death in the long term.

When to Consider Cortisone Injections

At DX Physio, we typically recommend trying physiotherapy first for shoulder bursitis. If there’s no significant improvement after 4-6 weeks of physiotherapy, then cortisone injections might be considered as a treatment option.

Physiotherapy for Shoulder Pain and Bursitis

Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in managing shoulder bursitis and related conditions like rotator cuff injuries. At DX Physio, we provide tailored rehabilitation programs aimed at reducing shoulder pain, improving mobility, and preventing future issues.

Our physiotherapists guide you through specific exercises to strengthen your shoulder, improve flexibility, and enhance function. They also educate you on proper shoulder mechanics to help prevent future injuries.

Remember, shoulder bursitis is a manageable condition. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, don’t delay seeking help. Reach out to us at DX Physio, and let’s work together on your journey towards a pain-free shoulder.

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