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C. Thomas Vangsness, Jr., M.D.


Treatment for Shoulder Bursitis in Los Angeles, CA

Treatment for Shoulder Bursitis in Los Angeles, CAIf you’re suffering from shoulder bursitis, come see orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Thomas Vangsness. Specializing in orthopaedic and sports related injuries, Dr. Vangsness is a leading professional in his field. The “bursa” is a cushioning fluid structure that is positioned between the top of the humerus and the tip of the shoulder. This structure can sometimes become compressed and inflamed, leading to a painful “bursitis” condition called impingement. Due to traumatic circumstances, the shoulder can become dislocated in which the head of the humerus comes out of its socket. If the humeral head partially slides out of the socket and slides back in without completely dislocating, this is called a subluxation. Both a dislocation and subluxation can cause ligaments, the capsule and the labrum to become injured, creating both instability and pain.

To treat shoulder bursitis after a first dislocation, Dr. Vangsness recommends conservative non-operative treatment including physical therapy to strengthen the muscles of the rotator cuff. After multiple dislocations or subluxations, however, surgery may be suggested to repair or tighten the capsule and ligaments that hold the shoulder in place. Your surgery is performed with a miniature lighted telescope called an arthroscope, introducing small instruments into the shoulder joint through hollow cannulas. Miniature screws with attached sutures are inserted precisely into the socket edge of the shoulder, and the torn ligaments and labrum are reattached to the socket. For personalized patient care and experience you can trust, come see Dr. Vangsness in Los Angeles, CA for your shoulder bursitis treatment.

For more information about shoulder bursitis treatment, schedule your consultation with Dr. Thomas Vangsness by calling (323) 442-5800.