A number of studies have shown that steroid injections may be helpful in easing pain in the short term but that pain tends to come back in many people. In one study, short-term (six weeks) success rates were greater for steroid injections than for physiotherapy or a wait-and-see policy. However, in the long term (one year), success rates were greater for both physiotherapy and a wait-and-see policy than for injections. The short-term benefit may be sufficient to warrant an injection, for example, for a student about to sit important examinations.
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of bursitis.
Questions to ask before treatment :
In most cases, bursitis of the shoulder is caused by performing repetitive movements for an extended period of time, such as throwing a baseball, playing tennis, painting, scrubbing, gardening, carpentry, etc. Shoulder bursitis can also be exacerbated by a physical trauma or previous injury to the joint area. Your risk for developing bursitis increases with age as joint components, including the bursa, tend to decline as you get older. People over the age of 40 are at the highest risk for developing bursitis. Shoulder bursitis can also be brought on by other joint conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, and thyroid disorder.