Bursitis is a condition that causes the small, fluid-filled sacs called bursae to become inflamed. Bursae cushion the bones, tendons and muscles near the joints to prevent them from rubbing together. The shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees are the most common areas to develop bursitis because these joints perform frequent, repetitive motions.


Bursitis Causes

Repetitive motions and positions may irritate bursae and cause bursitis. With that, common causes of bursitis generally include:

  • Repeatedly throwing objects or lifting items over the head
  • Prolonged sitting on kneeling on hard surfaces
  • Leaning the elbows or shoulders on surfaces for extended periods of time

Bursitis Symptoms

Joints affected by bursitis may exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Pain, aching, or stiffness
  • Pain with added pressure
  • Tissues and skin surrounding the joint become swollen and red
  • Pain that lasts more than one or two weeks
  • Excessive sweating or bruising near the affected area
  • A sudden fever lasting more than a few days
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Bursitis Treatments

When conservative methods such as rest, ice, and taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication fail to provide adequate pain relief, interventional treatment options should be considered. Some of the treatment options for bursitis may include:

The first step in treating your pain is to get an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms. Based on your diagnosis, you and your doctor can determine your best treatment options. At The Pain Center, we offer traditional and state-of-the-art therapies to treat your pain and help get you back to your normal activities.

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