A bursa is a small fluid filled sac that sits between bones and tendons/muscles which allows for smoother movement in joints. Bursitis is inflammation and swelling of the bursa. The injury can be secondary to trauma to the shoulder e.g. a fall or contact in a tackle, or repetitive micro trauma e.g. excessive throwing/reaching above the head.
Signs and Symptoms:
- Pain and swelling along the front and side of the shoulder.
- Pain with certain movements especially overhead.
- Night pain, especially when lying on the affected shoulder.
- Previous history of gout/arthritis.