BursaeAround every major joint are multiple bursae, which act as cushioning pads. These pads help reduce friction in the shoulder to allow movement. During musculoskeletal injuries these bursae commonly become inflamed. This inflammation is known as bursitis which is caused by either excessive rubbing or irritation that can be caused by a variety of structures (for example the rotator cuff tendons).
BursitisAs stated, around every major joint are multiple bursae, which act as cushioning pads. Unfortunately, when a muscle is too tight or has inadequate timing, the shoulder can get “sloppy”, cause slight subluxations, and irritate the bursae. Once the bursae are enlarged, the rotator cuff tendons have less room to move and impingement can arise. This is an unfortunate combination of muscular irritation and inflammation.
Now improving bursitis depends on the clinical presentation of the swimmer. If inflammation is driving the pain, resolving inflammation is the most likely road for success.
|Here is an example of my sloppy technique after about 7 hours in Tampa Bay.|
For more on shoulder pain, consider these pieces:
10 Minute Solution: Shoulder Pain
10 Minute Solution: Shoulder Pain Part II
10 Minute Solution: Shoulder Pain Part III
Shoulder Pain? Protect Your Rotator Cuff Muscles