How do you fix shoulder bursitis Mat Latos?

mat latos shoulderMat Latos, besides having a pretty cool first name, is a hot new pitcher in the major leagues. He’s part of a Padres team that is planning to contend in 2011.

His third season in the big leagues should be his breakout year. With a solid off-season and rocky spring, the hope was Mat could be someone who contributed on a high level right away.

Unfortunately, he’s been diagnosed with shoulder shoulder bursitis. This is a tought thing for pitchers when they get a shoulder injury.

What is shoulder bursitis? The first thing you need to understand is bursitis. It is when the small bursa sacs become inflamed. What are bursa sacs? They are kind of cool. Think of them as the shock absorbers for your joints. Anytime muscles slide across a bone they are lubricated by the bursa sacs. When the sacs become inflamed you get bursitis.

What are the symptoms of shoulder bursitis? Pain is the number one symptom you’re going to experience. The pain comes on when you are using your shoulder and will continue even after the activity is discontinued.

shoulder bursaHow do you fix shoulder bursitis? You need to rest the shoulder and discontinue any stressful activity. Ice can be used for the first 24 hours to help with the inflammation and you should follow-up with over the counter anti-inflammatory medicine.

There are some cases where the bursa become infected. In this case, you’ll need to ensure you see a doctor asap for antibiotics. You can tell if the bursa stays swollen or you feel a radiant pain in the area after 24 hours.

How long does it take to recover from shoulder bursitis? It depends on the severity of the injury, but in most cases the bursitis will subside in a week. The problem is that with continued issues you can end up with chronic bursitis, which is a long term problem.

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