Subdeltoid bursitis : acute or chronic ? |

Subdeltoid bursitis : acute or chronic ?

Subdeltoid bursitis in the shoulder : acute or chronic ?

Acute subdeltoid bursitis ?

The patient describes a very typical history: mostly ,without any injury, in the course of two or three days he loses almost all capacity to abduct his arm and suffers from constant pain within the C5-dermatome.  The patient is mostly younger than 65 years.

In an acute subdeltoid bursitis the non capsular pattern is clinically obvious : active and passive abduction is severily limited and painful, both rotations are less limited, but also quite painful.
Palpation for tenderness is usually very obvious. The palpable subdeltoid part of the bursa, as a whole, is very tender.
A painful arc cannot be elicited because of too much pain limiting the abduction.

Chronic subdeltoid bursitis ?

A chronic subdeltoid bursitis is not an acute bursitis which became chronic.

We are talking about a different pathology : in the acute bursitis there is an inflammation of the complete bursa where as in the chronic one there is more an irritation of some part of the bursa : the palpable subdeltoid or the non-palpable subacromial part.

The main symptom is a clear painful arc with end range pain on passive movements (elevation and rotations): mostly, none of the resisted movements usually hurt, although it is possible that resisted abduction and/or lateral rotation are painful, due to an extra compression on the bursa. 

We wish to respect your privacy at all times

General Data Protection Regulation - European Privacy Regulation

How do we collect your personal data such as name and email address ?

When you are an ETGOM course participant automatically you enter the ETGOM newsletter
When you send us an email with an information request regarding the ETGOM seminars or publications
When you participate at an ETGOM webinar
When you download the free ebook
When we meet in person (e.g. conference)
Or when you register on our “Tips and Tricks in orthopaedic medicine” newsletter

How do we use your personal data

Your data are exclusively used by the ETGOM Teaching Team and organisation partners to inform you about ETGOM activities and publications
Your data will not be transferred to any third party which is not related to orthopaedic medicine continuing education

Your rights

You have the right at all times to view, to update or to delete your personal data
You can unsubscribe from our newsletters, mailing list, at any time
You can refuse or limit the use of your personal data
You can visit the website of OM Consult bvba/ETGOM unrestricted and furthermore consult information about our company, products and services without giving any personal data of you. Only if you want to contact us via the web form, you have to share you personal data. Each time you provide personal information, OM Consult bvba will handle them in accordance with the policy written down in here and the legal liabilities concerning the handling of personal data.

Confidential handling of personal data 
The personal data collected by OM Consult bvba/ETGOM, are saved on a protected place, which is not open for the public. The file can only be consulted by a restricted number of persons who are in service of OM Consult bvba/ETGOM and only if they need this information for practice there job. The data will only be processed for internal purposes. Om Consult bvba ordinarily doesn’t give any personal data to third persons, except to comply with legal liabilities and in case of an express request from the judicial authority or police. In the exceptional case that OM Consult bvba/ETGOM gives information to organizations or companies with which they work together, it will be expressly mentioned or you will be expressly asked for your agreement.

Purpose of handling 
OM Consult bvba/ETGOM handles the collected personal data to identify you and if necessary to contact you and to give you an optimal service. The data can also be used to give you information about news items, new services and new products of OM Consult bvba/ETGOM. If you don’t want to receive such information, you can mention this to OM Consult bvba/ETGOM by e-mail ( or by letter.