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If you’ve injured or experiencing pain, redness and swelling on the tip of the shoulder joint down to the side of the arm, you’ve come to the right place.

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Anti-inflammatory treatments in conjunction with shoulder girdle strengthening.


Tendons, ligaments, muscles and skin need to be able to glide smoothly over bones during movement. In order to prevent friction and irritation on these structures, we have small, slippery fluid sacks in our body called bursa. There are 150 bursae in the body, and six in the shoulder. The sub-acromial bursa is the one most commonly affected in shoulder bursitis.

Bursitis (meaning inflammation of the bursa) is characterised by swelling, thickening and of course inflammation of the bursa. In the shoulder this is often caused by a sudden increase in overhead workload, long-term repetitive overhead work, or infection.

Bursitis of the shoulder often presents with pain down the side of the arm or at the front of the shoulder. Pain can be worse at night and with reaching forward or to the side. The bursa can swell and cause a bump in the side of the arm, as well as redness and heat.

What is important to know is that often bursitis is a symptom of an underlying issue in your shoulder, such as instability, rotator cuff pathology, or other pathology. A common story we hear is that o people having a steroid injection in their shoulder that settles their pain temporarily, but manages to return after a few days or weeks. This is because the injection has only treated the symptom and not the cause of their bursitis.

It is really important that your therapist is able to identify the source of your pain or instability, and the complexities associated with diagnosing shoulder pain.

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Shoulder pain requires a thorough physical examination by an experienced therapist, once the diagnosis is complete, a treatment plan is prepared to get you back to the things you love. Action Rehab therapists will ask, where the pain is, what sort of pain is it (shooting? burning?). Action Rehab hand therapists will assess your strength, your motion and your occupations to see what the symptoms and most importantly what the cause may be. In most cases, your medical history and physical exam will be enough for us to make a diagnosis. However, if an MRI, ultrasound or X-Ray is required our Physiotherapists, and Occupational Therapists can read and interpret the results. 

Call us on 1300 762 227 for an appointment, or schedule an appointment online by clicking the button below.

Our Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists have extensive knowledge and experience in assessing, diagnosing, treating, and managing your hand and upper extremity – your shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand – injuries or conditions, so you know you’re in good hands.

The hand therapists at Action Rehab are experienced in the assessment and treatment of shoulder bursitis injuries. With a reputation endorsed by sporting organisations like the Melbourne Football Club, Action Rehab is the smart choice for treating your shoulder bursitis.

Get on the road to recovery, so you can do the things you love.

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Call us on 1300 762 227 for an appointment, or schedule an appointment online by clicking the button below.


Shoulder Bursitis is complex and can lead to serious frustrations if not treated appropriately.

Choosing the right-hand Therapist starts with them being able to read your scans and provide a thorough examination to provide a solution for your problem.

Our therapists do regular GP and Emergency Doctor training and can advise on the most appropriate action for your Shoulder Bursitis treatment.

Known for providing treatment for Shoulder Bursitis and other hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder injuries Action Rehab are the hand therapists that Melbourne trusts.

To make an appointment, enquire, or find your closest location call us on 1300 762 227 or schedule an appointment online.
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Shoulder Bursitis is the most common injury seen at Action Rehab. Shoulder Bursitis is a common work related injury and Action Rehab specialise in treating work injuries to the upper limb.

In the shoulder this is often caused by a sudden increase in overhead workload, long-term repetitive overhead work, or infection.

If it doesn’t self resolve within a week, shoulder bursitis can take about 8-12 weeks to reach full resolution

No, generally bursitis does not require surgery. It is important to undertake non-operative management of bursitis for at least three-months before considering a surgical opinion.

Shoulder Bursitis can be a seriously painful condition and can get in the way of you completing your normal activities of daily living.

Bursitis can resolve with rest, though it will often come back if left untreated once you begin working heavily above head again.


Action Rehab provide assessment and treatment for all conditions relating to the upper limb, including shoulder bursitis. Come and see our highly qualified and friendly staff today at a location convenient to you.