Shoulder bursitis, impingement syndrome, and rotator cuff tendonitis are different names used to describe the same problem. The shoulder bursa is a smooth layer between the rotator cuff tendons and the bones that lie on top of them. Anything that injures or irritates the rotator cuff will cause inflammation of the bursa, which is then called bursitis.
At Pinnacle Surgical Orthopedics, Dr. Kaminsky and Dr. Baxter are experienced in diagnosing shoulder and rotator cuff bursitis symptoms. They're also passionate about utilizing the leading minimally-invasive shoulder pain treatment options. With an individualized approach and access to the latest technology in the orthopedic field, Dr. Kaminsky and Dr. Baxter are able to provide effective and long-term relief for shoulder bursitis with a personalized treatment plan for every unique patient.
If you're struggling with pain in your shoulder that may be due to bursitis, the experienced team of medical specialists at Pinnacle Surgical Orthopedics can help. With our comprehensive diagnosis and treatment options, you can be rest assured that our surgeons will help you find the shoulder bursitis pain relief you deserve. Schedule an appointment with the best shoulder specialist Nashville, TN has to offer and get started on your road to recovery.
At Pinnacle Surgical Orthopedics, our treatment for shoulder bursitis is directed at reducing the inflammation in and around the shoulder and rotator cuff. Often times, nonsurgical options can achieve this goal:
When time and treatment do not work, particularly in the face of worsening pain, surgery may be an option. The decision for surgery is based on pain, and only a patient can answer when it is time to proceed.
Dr. Kaminsky and Dr. Baxter perform shoulder bursitis surgery arthroscopically using small holes around the shoulder and a scope about the size of a pen. Here’s how it works:
A patient can be a candidate for surgery based on failure to improve and continuous symptoms over time despite treatment, but only the individual knows how much the pain interferes with his or her life. Often this pain interferes with day-to-day, work, functional, and recreational activities in addition to sleep.
Repetitive lifting or activity, especially with the arm in the overhead or outstretched position can cause or exacerbate pain in the rotator cuff. This pain is usually referred to the lateral arm or deltoid muscle of the upper arm, and can cause pain with daily activities. Night pain is especially problematic, as it can be difficult or painful to lie on the affected shoulder, and will frequently cause loss of sleep and difficulty getting rest.
Spurring of the bone that lies on top of the rotator cuff has been implicated as an additional cause of shoulder pain, as it can cause compression or wear of the rotator cuff and “impinge” on the tendons.
Even though the procedure is an outpatient one, recovery can take time. Dr. Kaminsky recommends taking at least one week out of work, if not more, before returning to work on a limited or light-duty status.
A sling can be used for support, and it can also prevent other people from bumping or grabbing the injured arm. Early use of the arm with light activities, in addition to physical therapy, can hasten recovery without causing inflammation to reoccur.
Yes! The team at Pinnacle Surgical Orthopedics accepts insurance from a wide range of providers across the Greater Nashville area. To learn more about our list of accepted providers, visit our here on the website.