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 or long periods of pressure on the area. Some cases are caused by injury to the joints.

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What are the symptoms of bursitis?

You may feel swollen joint and the skin around the joint can be red or warm to touch. Usually, you will feel some pain and tender to touch the joint.

Bursitis is most commonly affected in the joints such as elbow, shoulder, knee and hip.
Symptoms of bursitis is similar to tendinopathy. They often occur in the the connective tissues in and around the joints.

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.

How is bursitis treated?

Treatments to bursitis include:

  • Pain killers. Antibiotics if it is an infection case.
  • Aspiration of the bursa
  • Anti-inflammatory injection
  • Surgery to remove the bursa

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