Repeat stress injury does exacerbate bursitis and athletes tend to get these types of injuries. I have it and it stinks. You realize you benched too much so you will need to curb benching so your shoulder heals. After healing perhaps you would consider an alternative exercise program that has less impact on the joints, like swimming. The aquatic exercise programs are done in a group setting & is suggested for those with arthritic conditions. Another low impact program for strengthening and stretching is with the use of bands of different tensions.
When I began to have shoulder bursitis it would come and go and I had limited range of motion with pain. Repeat activity would worsen it. I am also physical and overdid it this summer lifting & moving flagstone creating tendonitis & flaring bursitis in that shoulder. Unable to move the shoulder portion I went to the ER. The exrays showed no bony changes or calcifications. It is a soft tissue injury. They gave me a anti-inflammatory injection in addition to a different non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication with a tetanus shot. I was put in a sling, wrapped with a wide ace (around body) for immobilization and iced. I almost passed out from the pain and the medications did little to nothing in the beginning. That pain was worse than a broken bone. Soft tissue damage causes a steady flow of pain that was constant. I've had a wide range of sport and other injury but this one took the cake. It does take time to heal. Especially soft tissue injury's. I recently received recommendation for physical therapy for the impingement. The trick is to not overdue it by not exceeding limitations.
If you continue to have shoulder problems the doctor may request additional studies. At initial injury I made a makeshift sling, used soft cold gel packs, took over the counter anti-inflammatory's (like Advil). Therapy protocol depends on what's happening and the severity. Is it mild, moderate or severe? Is it getting better, the same or worse? If you are resting your shoulder and still have problems revisit this issue with the doctor.
Optional holistic alternatives are available. There are tinctures, supplements etc. I have been looking into alternatives because of what these medications do to the liver. If your therapy is short term - my blessings.
There are over the counter supplements that may be helpful. One purportedly acts as a cox-2 inhibitor (for example) that performs like the Rx. anti-inflammatory medication Celebrex (also known to be less caustic to the gastric system). A pharmacist would be able to tell you what it is. I can't list it because of the board rules. I am considering this myself and may go that route. After I start PT I should have additional useful input to offer regarding the shoulder issue.
Good Luck, Gemi
Last edited by Gemi; 01-06-2004 at 02:03 PM.