Shoulder Inflammation Treatment in Lafayette, LA
Shoulder inflammation, or swelling, is often caused by tendinitis or bursitis. Both conditions are very common. Shoulder tendinitis develops when the biceps tendon or the rotator cuff tendons become irritated, typically through repetitive overhead movement or direct trauma. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons which, along with the biceps tendon, work together to stabilize the shoulder joint, holding the upper arm bone (humerus) firmly in place within its socket (glenoid).
During movement, the rotator cuff tendons must glide smoothly over the bones in the shoulder joint. Friction between these structures is reduced by nearby bursae, which are small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion the moving parts of a joint. Bursitis develops when a bursa becomes irritated through excessive friction.
Shoulder tendonitis and bursitis often occur at the same time. Both conditions can cause inflammation that leads to pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint.
How Is Shoulder Inflammation Treated?
The goal of shoulder inflammation treatment is to reduce swelling, relieve pain and stiffness, and ultimately improve mobility. In many cases, treatment begins conservatively with a combination of:
- Rest and activity modifications
- Ice applications
- Compression with an elastic bandage, a compression sleeve, or a compression shirt
- Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Physical therapy, including gentle range-of-motion exercises
If the pain is very severe or persistent, a cortisone injection may be suggested. Additionally, surgical treatment may be considered if the rotator cuff or biceps tendon is partially or completely torn or a bursa is severely inflamed.
Consult With a Shoulder Specialist in Lafayette
If you’re experiencing symptoms of shoulder inflammation, you are welcome to consult with Peter D. Vizzi, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who has more than 25 years of orthopedic experience. Dr. Vizzi can evaluate your condition, determine the underlying cause, and suggest an appropriate treatment plan. Contact Dr. Vizzi’s office today to schedule an appointment in Lafayette, Louisiana.