Shoulder Bursitis, Tendonitis and Impingement are strictly related conditions representing 3 different aspects of the same problem. A set of exercises for any of these will work just fine for the others. A Bursitis is the inflammation of the Bursa, a sack next to which the rotator cuff tendons slide so as not to rub against the shoulder bones.

A Tendonitis is the inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons, while an Impingement Syndrome is a disorder characterized by a typical pinching or clicking feeling from which it takes its name. The Impingement occurs because both the tendons and the bursa become inflamed and swollen, restricting the narrow sub acromial space within the shoulder joint. As a consequence, arm movements become difficult, painful and accompanied by the clicking sensation. Hence Bursitis and Tendonitis are 2 different inflammations of 2 different but adjacent areas, causing the Impingement proper.

Because a sufferer needs to use his/her arms every day for all mundane tasks, it quickly becomes a self exacerbating condition, whereas arm movements cause more friction in the swollen area, which in turn leads to even more inflammation, causing again more swelling and more friction and so on. A typical remedy for this unfortunate situation is the prescription of drugs, both prescription or over the counter anti inflammatories.

These do work at reducing the symptoms but alone can not tackle the problem, leading instead to a long term dependency. Bursitis, Tendonitis and Impingement Syndrome can take ages to recover because of their self fueling nature. Ice packs also do work in reducing inflammation and swelling, but only temporarily so. Plus, they are impractical in a busy life style, since applying ice packs in the office is not ideal, though they are beneficial at home.

On the contrary, a program of exercises for Shoulder Bursitis, Tendonitis or Impingement is effective not just temporarily, but over time turns a weakened rotator cuff into a healthy and strong one, void of inflammation and disorders. These exercises are specific to the rotator cuff only and require stretching, abduction and internal and external rotations. They help soothe pain and inflammation naturally because a strong cuff is more prone to recover than a weak one riddled by anti inflammatories, breaking the self fueling circle of inflammation, swelling, friction and more inflammation.

Symptoms of Bursitis: -

Joint pain

Joint swelling

Joint tenderness


Pain around joint

Joint stiffness

Joint swelling

Natural Treatment for Bursitis: -

Medicines like Trayodashang-Guggulu, Tapyadi-Loh and Eking-Veer-Ras are used for prolonged periods. If the bursitis is due to an infection, medicine like Triphala, Guggulu and Gandhak-Rasayan are used in order to treat bursitis.

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Bursitis and Tendonitis

In most cases and bursitis can be effectively treated by completely resting the affected joint. However, there are also a few easy-to-use home remedies Joint swelling which can assist in relieving bursal swelling.

Turmeric - Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. The active ingredient, cur cumin, is responsible for these properties and in studies has shown to be as effectual as potent anti-inflammatory drugs, but without the side effects. Turmeric can be taken internally Joint swelling as well as used topically.

Acupuncture can help reduce the inflammation and relieve the stiffness that accompanies bursitis, and it may promote the drainage of excess fluid. Acupoints targeted vary or depending on whether the pain is located in the hip, knee or shoulder. Acupressure can be used to alleviate the pain and swelling associated with bursitis.

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