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How Physiotherapy Can Help Treat Shoulder Bursitis

physiotherapy for shoulder bursitis

Shoulder bursitis is a painful condition that can cause severe inflammation and irritation in the shoulder area. It occurs when the small sacs of fluid, called bursae, located between the bones and soft tissues of your shoulder joint become inflamed. This can be caused by overuse or an injury. Fortunately, physiotherapy is an effective treatment for shoulder bursitis and can provide relief from pain and discomfort. Let’s take a closer look at how a physiotherapist can help treat shoulder bursitis.

The Benefits of Physiotherapy for Shoulder Bursitis

Physiotherapy is one of the most common treatments for shoulder bursitis as it helps to reduce pain and increase the range of motion in the affected area. It also has many other benefits such as increased strength and flexibility in the muscles around your shoulder joint, which can help reduce further injury. Physiotherapists will also be able to assess your posture and movement patterns along with lifestyle factors and activity levels, which may have contributed to your condition in the first place, so they can make any necessary changes.

A typical physiotherapy session for treating shoulder bursitis will involve some type of exercise program tailored specifically to you. This could include stretching exercises designed to increase flexibility in your joints, strengthening exercises that target specific muscles around your shoulder joint, or even balance exercises that will improve coordination and stability when using your arm or shoulder. Your physiotherapist may also use manual techniques such as soft tissue mobilization to help reduce pain levels and relax tight muscles around the joint. In addition, they may provide you with education on proper posture and movements to ensure you are doing everything correctly so as not to aggravate your condition further.

Finally, if necessary, they may also provide you with a brace or splint that will support your joint so that it does not become injured again while it is healing. While these braces are typically only used during recovery time and should not replace regular physio sessions, they can be extremely helpful in providing support while still allowing you to move freely without fear of re-injury.

Shoulder bursitis is a painful condition that can limit mobility in the affected area if left untreated. Fortunately, physiotherapy provides an effective solution for treating this condition by reducing pain levels while increasing mobility and strength in the affected area. With regular sessions featuring tailored exercises based on individual needs as well as manual techniques such as soft tissue mobilization combined with education on proper movement patterns and postural alignment if needed – patients suffering from shoulder bursitis are sure to experience relief from their symptoms after just a few visits with Waterloo physiotherapy.

If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself. Eric Bowman, BSc, MPT, PT, or another physiotherapist in Waterloo or Kitchener at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!

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Eric Bowman, BSc, MPT, PT

Eric Bowman, BSc, MPT, PT

Physiotherapist
Physiotherapist Eric Bowman graduated with a B.Sc. in Honours Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo in 2013 where he studied under world famous back researcher Stuart McGill. After completing his B.Sc. he researched exercise and osteoporosis under Lora Giangregorio at the UW Bone Health lab before completing his Masters of Physical Therapy at Western University in 2015 and becoming Canadian Powerlifting Union Coaching Workshop Certified in 2018. Eric’s areas of interest are rehabilitation for sports injuries, the elderly, and people with chronic pain. Outside of his clinical work Eric also contributes to course development and guest lecturing in the Kinesiology program at the University of Waterloo and has contributed to course development and review in the Western University Physiotherapy program. Eric has also competed in powerlifting.

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