Bursitis

What is bursitis?

Bursitis is an inflammation of a small sac of fluid called a bursa. Bursitis can cause pain and swelling to the joints. Bursa cushions and lubricates areas where tendons, ligaments, skin, muscles, or bones rub against each other. Bursitis is usually cause by overusing their joints in their jobs, sports or daily activities has a greater chance of getting bursitis.

What causes bursitis?

Bursitis is caused by:

  • Overuse or repeated movements over and over again.
  • Long periods of pressure on an area.
  • Aging. Degeneration of the bursa.
  • Injury. Sudden impact to the joints e.g. elbow.
Bursitis can also caused by arthritis, or infection (septic arthritis).
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What are the symptoms of bursitis?

You may feel the below symptoms if you have bursitis:

  • Dull pain.
  • Tenderness.
  • Stiffness.
  • The joints may swell and the skin around i can be red or warm to touch.
Bursitis is most commonly affected in the joints such as:
  • Shoulder
  • Elbow
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Achilles tendon
  • Foot
Symptoms of bursitis is similar to tendinopathy. They often occur in the the connective tissues in and around the joints.
Seek medical attention immediately if you experience pain and if the sore area is hot or red.

How is bursitis diagnosed?

Your doctor will physically examine you to determine whether you are having bursitis. Some people may need to undergo investigations such X-rays, MRI or ultrasound to ascertain the severity of the bursitis.

Your doctor will check for bursitis by asking questions about your past health and recent activities and by examining the area.

How is bursitis treated?

Treatments to minor bursitis include:

  • Rest.
  • Ice.
  • Pain killers. Antibiotics if it is an infection case.
  • Physiotherapy.
Treatments to severe bursitis include:

How can you prevent bursitis?

Prevention tips for preventing bursitis from coming back:

  • Gentle exercises.
  • Warm up and stretch before and after a sports activity.
  • Maintain correct posture.

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