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Shoulder Bursitis

Shoulder bursitis is a fairly common shoulder injury. Although it may cause significant discomfort and disrupt everyday activities, it can be treated with professional help. We strongly recommend seeking medical advice early to prevent the injury from worsening and avoid more serious complications.

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Shoulder Bursitis

Shoulder bursitis is a fairly common shoulder injury. Although it may cause significant discomfort and disrupt everyday activities, it can be treated with professional help. We strongly recommend seeking medical advice early to prevent the injury from worsening and avoid more serious complications.

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What Is Shoulder Bursitis?

Shoulder bursitis is a condition where the bursa becomes irritated and inflamed, resulting in pain and loss of shoulder mobility. The bursa is a tiny, fluid-filled sac that is found near joints, which acts as a cushion to prevent muscles and bones from rubbing against each other.

What Does Shoulder Bursitis Feel Like?

Some of the common symptoms include:

  • Noticeable swelling
  • Redness and warmth at the affected area
  • Sharp pain when moving your shoulders and arms
  • Tenderness at the shoulder or arm area
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Causes of Shoulder Bursitis

  • Overuse of the shoulders
  • Injury
  • Infection
  • Inflammation from other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout and thyroid disorders

Treatments for Shoulder Bursitis

Non-Surgical Treatment

Common treatment methods include:

  • Rest. Avoiding excessive shoulder and arm movement can prevent further irritation and inflammation of your bursa.
  • Ice compression can minimise swelling and redness.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin can be taken to alleviate pain and reduce swelling.
  • Physical therapy may be recommended to regain the mobility and strength of the shoulder.
  • Cortisone injection. This method is directly administered to the swollen area to treat swelling.

Surgical Treatment

In more severe cases of shoulder bursitis, surgery may be recommended. Bursectomy, which is the surgical drainage and removal of the bursa sac, is a standard treatment performed by a shoulder specialist.

How Will Your Dr. Ong Diagnose Shoulder Bursitis?

In addition to a physical examination to check for swelling and redness, other diagnostic tests may include:

  • Imaging tests – An x-ray examination can eliminate other issues that may be causing pain. Furthermore, ultrasound and MRI scans can also produce a clearer image of your shoulder joints to confirm the diagnosis.
  • Lab tests – Your doctor may use a thin needle to extract fluid (aspiration) from your bursa to test for infection. Alternatively, blood tests may be conducted to confirm or eliminate other conditions.

How to Prevent Shoulder Bursitis?

  • Warm-up and stretch your shoulders before exercising
  • Strengthen your shoulder muscles slowly
  • Take frequent interval breaks when using your shoulder repeatedly
  • Avoid excessive and sudden shoulder movements
  • Adopt a proper posture of shoulders when exercising to reduce strain on shoulder joints

Why Do Patients Choose Dr Ong Kee Leong?

  • Dr. Ong Is Passionate In Sports, Giving Him A Deep Understanding Of Sports-Related Injuries And How They Can Be Treated
  • Personalised And Professional Approach To Deliver High-Quality Orthopaedic Care Based On The Most Up-To-Date Literature
  • Detailed Aftercare Plan To Ensure Smooth, Long-Term Recovery
  • Fellowship Trained Surgeon With 15 Years Of Experience In Orthopaedic Conditions
  • Problem-Oriented, Well-Organised and Individualized Treatment Plans Catered To Your Specific Needs
  • Specialist In The Management Of Sports Injuries And Degenerative Conditions Of The Shoulder And Knee Joints
  • Knowledgeable And Pleasant Clinical Staff To Assist You With Your Every Need Detailed Aftercare Plan To Ensure
  • Our Care Is Conveniently Accessible At Mount Elizabeth Novena and Farrer Park Hospital
  • Minimal Waiting Time For Initial Consultation
  • Assistance With Medical Claims (e.g. Medisave & Integrated Shield Plans)

About Dr. Ong Kee Leong

Senior Consultant, MBBS (Singapore), MMed (Ortho), FRCSEd (Ortho)

Dr. Ong Kee Leong is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon. He subspecializes in shoulder and knee, foot and ankle, hand wrist and elbow surgeries, arthroscopic sports surgery, and the management of sports-related injuries.

He has been registered with the Singapore Medical Council as a specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery since 2011.

  • MBBS, National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Medicine 2001
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2007
  • Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery (NUS) 2007
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Orthopaedic Surgery 2011
  • Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Scholarship, Ministry of Health 2012-2013:
  • Sports Surgery and Arthroscopy in Germany (Hannover)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Lee Kong Chian School Of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University
  • Senior Clinical Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS
Awards & Teaching
  • Dr. Ong had received numerous awards such as Best Service and Eastern Health Alliance Caring (Gold) Awards.
  • He also has an interest in clinical research and has written papers in multiple peer-review journals. As a Core Faculty of Singhealth Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, he oversees the training of junior orthopaedic surgeons.
  • Regularly invited to teach local and regional surgeons in Shoulder and Knee Surgery Courses.
  • He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards including the Singhealth Residency Outstanding Faculty Awards from 2014-2016 and Changi General Hospital Outstanding Educator Awards 2015-2016.

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