Bursitis: Overview And Suggested Treatment

Bursitis is a condition that relates to the swelling or inflammation of a bursa which is a small fluid containing sack-like structure that cushions the joints of the body as well as bones and tendons and muscles. Those that are affected by bursitis usually experience pain and tenderness at the point of inflammation.

There are a number of parts of the body that may be affected by bursitis and these include shoulder, elbow, ankle, knee, hips and low buttock regions. In most cases symptoms include pain in these areas, swelling, and pain with movement.

The reason for bursitis is usually overuse of the affected area, injury or incorrect use. Sometimes inflammatory diseases such as gout or rheumatoid arthritis may cause bursitis. If there has been a scrape or laceration type of injury, bursa infections may occur. This is more common over the knees and elbows – this kind of problem is commonly sports related.  Activities which require intensive use of any one part of the body especially hips, knees and shoulders should be reduced until the symptoms resolve.

Here are a few tips:

If the pain is severe, proper medical help might need to be sought. Sometimes cortisone injections are very helpful. However, this is not a common thing and very rarely surgery is required.

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About Doug Roberts MD

Board certified practicing rheumatologist and founder of PainSpot.com
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