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Bone Marrow Edema



I have pain in my left shoulder/arm for 8 months now. An MRI revealed that I have: Supraspinatus tendinopathy; Subacromial-subdeltoid bursitis; Hypertrophic degeneratives changes of the AC joint and bone marrow edema in the distal clavicle. Can you explain what that means in a more simple language for me to understand? Thank You.


These could just be changes related to the type of wear and tear you have put on your shoulder over the years. Any one of these things could be a significant finding if it is consistent with your symptoms, but it could also be insignificant if it does not match.

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Tammy S Wadsworth, PT MS OCS Tammy S Wadsworth, PT MS OCS
Sports Medicine Team Member
Clinical Instructor at The School of Allied Medical Professions
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University