Subacromial bursitis


  • Inflammation of the bursa that separates the superior surface of the supraspinatus tendon (one of the four tendons of the rotator cuff) from the overlying coraco-acromial ligament, acromion, coracoid (the acromial arch) and from the deep surface of the deltoid muscle[1]
  • The subacromial bursa helps the motion of the supraspinatus tendon of the rotator cuff in activities such as overhead work.

Differential Diagnosis

Shoulder and Upper Arm Diagnoses



Refered pain & non-orthopedic causes:

See Also


  1. Salzman KL, Lillegard WA, Butcher JD (1997). "Upper extremity bursitis". Am Fam Physician 56 (7): 1797–806, 1811–2. PMID 9371010.
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