- Rest the shoulder. Avoiding activities that you know tend to worsen symptoms can help to reduce your symptoms.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
- Apply an ice pack to the affected area.
- Wear a shoulder brace.
- Perform gentle stretching activities.
What is the best exercise for shoulder bursitis?
- Hold the elbow of your injured arm with your other hand.
- Use your hand to pull your injured arm gently up and across your body. You will feel a gentle stretch across the back of your injured shoulder.
- Hold for at least 15 to 30 seconds. Then slowly lower your arm.
- Repeat 2 to 4 times.
Should you exercise a shoulder with bursitis?
Generally, it is not a good idea to exercise if you are expecting symptoms of shoulder bursitis. The inflammation and pain are likely to get worse with strenuous exercise and repetitive movement.
What causes shoulder bursitis to flare up?
Shoulder bursitis is often the result of overuse or repetitive shoulder movements. Overhead activities increase friction between bones and tissues. This ongoing friction can inflame and irritate bursae. When fluid builds up in the bursa sacs, you have bursitis.