Shoulder Bursitis; Part 2


Sorry for neglecting the blog. I’ve been on vacation. I went to Amarillo for the AQHA Select World Championship and my horse (Senor) and I won 4th place in reining! Okay, enough about me. More about you!

There are a few of you who injure your rotator cuffs by getting flung from bicycles, falling from great heights or during a friendly game of flag football. But as I said above, most of you have a physical predisposition to having this spectrum of disorders and it’s bound to rear its ugly head eventually; usually when you’re around 50-60 years old. But don’t feel left out if you’re only 40 or if you’re 70 cuz it can get you too. If you’re between 20 and 40 there are other things I would worry more about, like drinking and driving or starting to save for your kid’s education. Then when they actually enroll in college, you can start thinking more about your shoulders. But read on anyway.

So you woke up one morning with this little aching pain around your deltoid muscle. Or you reached over to pick up your purse from the floor behind the front passenger seat (where you think it is hidden from would-be thieves). Or you do some kind of repetitive lifting on a daily basis; like throwing mail or lifting hay bales.  You feel a little tugging in that shoulder while you’re working or even after you finish working. These are all activities that can be related to the onset of rotator cuff impingement or bursitis.

There is a group of folks who just develop severe pain spontaneously and cannot figure out what caused it. Usually after a lot of questioning, I’m able to come up with some related factors. Sports…hobby…work related.  It doesn’t really matter. Most patients have the little downward turn to their acromion and they’re just predisposed to getting it.

Every once in a while you might want to go back to my first blog to refresh your memory on why this kind of stuff just happens to us. Now might be a good time.


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2 Responses to Shoulder Bursitis; Part 2

  1. laura gutierrez witt January 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    Dear Dr. Bergin,
    Thanks for taking the time to write this blog. Very informative and also fun to read. I shall try to follow your advice on modifying movement and also on my knee situation.

    • Barbara January 4, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

      Thanks for reading my blog. I always wonder if my patients are reading the blog and following my recommendations!

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