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Shoulder Bursitis and Tendon Injury: Preventing Pain - Topic Overview

Bursitis or a tendon injury (tendinopathy) in the shoulder can cause pain on the outside or front of the upper arm. Common symptoms include pain, pinching, and stiffness when you raise your arm. These symptoms are often brought on by doing repeated overhead movements. Pain from bursitis or a tendon injury can keep you from moving your shoulder and, over time, can lead to stiffness and a decreased range of motion.

To prevent and ease shoulder pain:

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  • During work, play, or daily activities, avoid prolonged or repeated overhead reaching, but continue to use your shoulder.
  • During specific sports activities:
    • Use proper throwing techniques.
    • Use a different swim stroke, such as the breaststroke or sidestroke instead of the crawl or butterfly, or alternate between strokes.
    • Avoid sports that require overhead use of the arms (such as racquet sports and volleyball) if you have shoulder pain.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: September 27, 2012
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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