Bursitis is a very common shoulder condition that is usually treated quite successfully. I am assuming that this was diagnosed with an ultrasound and clinically as well?
If there is inflammation present, then those interventions - corticosteroid injection/ anti-inflammatory medication should help. On the other hand, if there is a tendon pathology as well then it may not respond to these treatments and resting it wouldn’t do it any good. I would suggest seeing a Physiotherapist or similar first if you haven’t already. They should assess movement and see if there is functional impingement of the shoulder causing irritation of the bursa and tendon which can be helped with improving the shoulder mechanics through manual therapy and exercise. You may also need an appropriate load program for the tendons and muscles. Other treatments may include dry needling, shockwave but more importantly they should educate you on what’s going and why you are getting pain.
As for a specialist referral, I would recommend seeing a Sports Physician with an interest in shoulders before an Orthopaedic Specialist. Yes, you definitely should get an MRI before seeing the specialist (if your treating Physiotherapist/ GP agree).
All the best,
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