If you reach for something and feel a twinge in your shoulder, it’s possible you’ve got a case of shoulder bursitis. This painful condition can make even the simplest movements really uncomfortable, but there are (thankfully) quite a few exercises and stretches that can make a big difference.
Most commonly, shoulder bursitis stems from overuse or repetitive motion. “Typically, these involve overhead movements,” Salazar tells Bustle. “Symptoms typically include pain, swelling, reduced movement or motion, and weakness in the shoulder.” It might also be hard to lift your arms up due to pain or stiffness. “Some people experience a sharp, sudden pain with certain movements,” he adds.
If your shoulder is really bugging you, it’s best to go to a doctor to double-check what’s causing those aches. Sometimes the symptoms of bursitis can be similar to other issues, like tendonitis, Salazar says. Once you've identified the pain as bursitis, that’s when you can do a few simple moves throughout the day to feel better. Here are seven shoulder bursitis exercises to try that should help set things right.
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