Just What is Bursitis? Symptoms and treatment.Bursitis essentially is an inflammation of your bursa and as you probably already realise, bursitis will always cause pain!
A bursa is a sack of synovial fluid. Its appearance and function is rather like a cushion. In your body, bursae are situated where your tendons and muscles glide directly over bones. So, put simply, the role of a bursa is to function as a cushion-like barrier between tendons and bones.
If the space for a bursa is compromised in any way, it may get pinched and irritated. Over time this will result in inflammation and eventually this inflamed bursa will become bursitis. Bursitis will always cause pain. Firstly, the pain will result from the tendon or muscle rubbing against the inflamed bursa. Then, this constant rubbing will result in the tendon or muscle becoming inflamed and painful. This explains why we often see bursitis and tendonitis existing side by side. However, both bursitis and tendonitis can exist independently of each other.
Please read the following for more information on symptoms and treatment of different types of bursitis.
The symptoms of bursitis always involve pain around the affected joint. It can be acute during exercise and can cause a burning dull ache after exercise. Night time aching is common and morning stiffness around the affected bursa is usual!
Read more about Bursitis Symptoms.
The treatment for bursitis is dependent on whether there is an infection involved. A non-infected bursitis will respond to the cause being removed. Rest, ice, and physiotherapy modalities are my treatments of choice in these situations. An infected bursitis will require medical intervention.
Read more about Bursitis Treatment.
Shoulder bursitis is where there is inflammation of a bursa around the shoulder. However, it can often be confused with an inflammation of the rotor cuff, which is a tendon structure around the shoulder joint.
Read more about Shoulder Bursitis.
Hip bursitis involves a bursa in the hip region. The most common location for hip bursitis is over the outside of your upper thigh. It is also one of the most painful bursitis presentations that I see in my physiotherapy clinic.
Read more about Hip Bursitis.
Elbow bursitis is where the bursa at the back of your elbow becomes inflamed. It is also called olecranon bursitis, as it lies behind the bony prominence of your elbow called the olecranon process. It is usually associated with a fluid-like swelling around the bony point of your elbow.
Read more about Elbow Bursitis.
Knee bursitis is also common. It usually occurs at the top of your knee. Medically it is called pre-patellar bursitis but is more commonly known as housemaids knee. It is associated with people who kneel a lot. You can usually feel a soft pulpy swelling at the top of your knee cap.
Read more about Knee Bursitis.
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