Frozen Shoulder vs Bursitis. What’s the difference? Frozen Shoulder is often confused with bursitis and it is often misdiagnosed as bursitis. This is because both frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) patients and bursitis patients experience similar night pains and reduced mobility of the shoulder.
Frozen shoulder is often confused with bursitis and it is often misdiagnosed by health practitioners as bursitis. This is because both frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) patients and bursitis patients experience similar night pains and reduced mobility of the shoulder.
We have had patients in the past who got treatment for what they believed was bursitis but the real culprit was frozen shoulder. One such patient is Tracey Child, from Brisbane, Australia. She was incorrectly diagnosed with bursitis. She had two cortisone shots and had also tried chiro, physio, massage, TENS, etc. Nothing helped her shoulder. She went and saw a specialist who told her she had classic frozen shoulder. He said, “See me again in two weeks.” For what? She didn’t know. She researched cures for frozen shoulder and found us. The rest is history!
Frozen Shoulder vs Bursitis – What’s the difference and how can I tell?
Bursitis shoulder pain is similar to frozen shoulder pain, but the key difference is passive immobility. With a true adhesive capsulitis frozen shoulder, when a person raises their arm out to the side they cannot go up further past a certain point–no matter if someone helps them move it or not. Therefore both active and passive range of motion is limited.
With bursitis, active range of motion is limited due to impingement and pain but passive range of motion is usually not limited at all. Passive range of motion is limited with true adhesive capsulitis frozen shoulder. The immobility is due to inflammation and scar tissue development in and around the shoulder joint capsule. With bursitis, the person might not be able to actively move their arm past a certain point. But if they have help, they can passively get it up. The immobility is caused solely by inflammation. So with frozen shoulder vs bursitis, a big difference is the type of immobility.
What is bursitis?
Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa. A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between bones, tendons, joints, and muscles. It houses the fluid that lubricates the shoulder joint and keeps it healthy. Bursae vary in size depending on the individual and location in the body. Some bursae are located just beneath the skin’s surface while others are deep below muscles and other soft tissue.
I know that the Trigenics® OAT Procedure can fix frozen shoulder, but what about bursitis?
General Trigenics® treatments can resolve bursitis if the underlying condition is neuromuscular dysfunction. If there are muscular imbalances within the shoulder rotator cuff muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis), this can lead to impingement syndrome of the shoulder. This means that there isn’t enough space for the bursa and tendons in the subacromial space and hence these structures are irritated. This leads to inflammation.
The rotator cuff muscles work together to depress the humerus (arm bone) so that there is adequate subacromial space. As soon as there is dysfunction with even one rotator cuff muscle, the deltoid muscles (the bigger superficial muscles in the shoulder) will overcompensate and elevate the humeral bone resulting in reduced subacromial space and therefore impingement syndrome of the shoulder. Trigenics® is an advanced soft-tissue assessment and treatment system that expertly assesses and corrects neuromuscular imbalances.