Open Accessibility Menu

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome (Bursitis or Tendonitis)

Expert Shoulder Surgeons in Orange County, CA

What is Shoulder Impingement Syndrome?

Shoulder impingement syndrome involves one or a combination of problems, including inflammation of the lubricating sac (bursa) located just over the rotator cuff, a condition called shoulder bursitis; inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons, called shoulder tendonitis; and calcium deposits in tendons caused by wear and tear or injury. A torn rotator cuff is a potential outcome of shoulder impingement.

Causes of Shoulder Impingement (Bursitis or Tendonitis)

Athletes, industrial workers and home maintenance buffs often suffer shoulder pain caused by excessive rubbing or squeezing (impingement) of the rotator cuff and shoulder blade.

  • Shoulder Bursitis: Frequent extension of the arm at high speed (i.e., pitching a baseball) can cause bursitis. Non-sports activities such as painting, hanging wallpaper or drapes or washing windows also can cause it. Medical research shows that the older you get, the more likely you are to develop bursitis.
  • Shoulder Tendonitis: Tendonitis develops over time and is likely to occur when a person whose muscles are not in good condition starts an overly aggressive training program. In younger athletes, the causes of tendonitis are similar to those of bursitis.

Symptoms of Shoulder Impingement, Shoulder Bursitis or Shoulder Tendonitis

Patients frequently try to ignore the first signs of shoulder problems. There is usually no single episode of shoulder distress and, at first, a person may notice only minor pain and a slight loss of strength. A loss of the range of motion, especially the ability to lift the arm overhead, may be ignored for awhile. Symptoms of shoulder bursitis include mild to severe pain and limited movement. An inability to hold the arm in certain positions indicates tendonitis is present. Recurrent episodes of tendonitis may indicate a rotator cuff tear.

Treatment for Shoulder Impingement, Shoulder Bursitis or Shoulder Tendonitis

  • Shoulder Bursitis: Once bursitis is diagnosed, rest is the recommended treatment. If necessary, icepacks can also be prescribed, as well as anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injections and ultrasound therapy. Some patients require temporary use of a sling. After inflammation subsides, the patient should do shoulder strengthening exercises.
  • Shoulder Tendonitis: Acute tendonitis usually passes if the activity which caused it is avoided long enough to give the shoulder sufficient rest. Later, a patient can gradually resume the activity incorporating gentle heat and prescribed stretching beforehand and icepacks afterward. More severe cases may require anti-inflammatory drugs or a cortisone injection.

Schedule a consultation with a Newport Orthopedic Institute orthopedic shoulder surgeon in Orange County to treat your shoulder bursitis or shoulder tendonitis. Call (949) 722-7038.

Related Providers
*Please note that all physicians are listed in random order and search results are refreshed every hour to comply with Stark Law.
Related Testimonials
  • Petrie Shoulder Scope With Reconstruction "His experience as both a triathlete and someone who has personally gone through the same surgery gave me greater confidence." Provider: Russell S Petrie MD
  • Shoulder Scope With Reconstruction "The doctor offered conservative options vs. wanting to rush into surgery. He answered my questions and explained the procedure carefully. The care team was professional and genuinely interested in providing good care." Provider: David S Gazzaniga MD
  • Shoulder Scope With Reconstruction "The team including the doctor was very efficient and professional and experienced in explaining there part for my surgery. I must say thanks to all." Provider: Russell S Petrie MD
  • Shoulder Scope With Reconstruction "Everyone was very concerned about my comfort and were very professional." Provider: Russell S Petrie MD
  • Shoulder Scope With Reconstruction "The care and follow up Dr. Petrie and his team give to their patients is absolutely wonderful. Lucky Me! That he's my doctor." Provider: Russell S Petrie MD
  • Shoulder Scope With Reconstruction "Dr. Petrie explained things very well. Staff (front desk, nurses, support) were all spectacular." Provider: Russell S Petrie MD
  • Shoulder Scope With Reconstruction "Everything. He is great, and his team is fantastic. Impressed with everyone." Provider: Russell S Petrie MD
  • Shoulder Scope With Reconstruction "I just want to say thanks for every thing. God bless you Dr. Russell Petrie and all your team thank you very much." Provider: Russell S Petrie MD
  • Shoulder replacement "It was my 18th surgery! I did my research and chose Dr. Petrie and his team. So far so good. I would love it if someone would figure out a way to prevent arthritis all together. I think HOI is great. I would refer anyone who asked to Dr.Petrie." Provider: Russell S Petrie MD
  • Shoulder Scope With Reconstruction "Dr. Petrie's demeanor is both confident and warm. I trust him fully and believe he is THE BEST in his field! I recommend him unconditionally!" Provider: Russell S Petrie MD
  • Shoulder Scope With Reconstruction "Enjoyed everything - super professional, kind, knowledgeable staff, and a great facility." Provider: Russell S Petrie MD
  • Shoulder Replacement "Dr. Petrie performed my first shoulder replacement & I had such good results would never consider another surgeon." Provider: Russell S Petrie MD
Patient Reviews are anonymous and provided through GetWell, a HIPAA compliant patient engagement tool.
Related Videos
Related Locations