Bursitis and Tendonitis - Know The Facts!


The overuse and repetitive stress that affects your bodies joints can eventually make you develop a painful inflammation known as bursitis. Our bodies contain more than 150 bursae. Bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that lubricate and cushion the pressure points in our bodies. These pressures points are primarily near our joints, between our bones and tendons.

When there is an inflammation, movement and pressure can be painful.

The joints most commonly affected by bursitis are the joints in your shoulders, elbows, and hips. It can also occur in your heel, knee, or at the base of your big toe. With proper treatment, pain from bursitis usually goes away within a month or so. However, constant flare-ups are common.

Signs and symptoms of bursitis can include a dull ache or stiffness, worsening of pain with movement or pressure, and visibly swollen or warm to the touch. Bursitis of the hip doesn’t cause any visible marks of swelling or skin redness due to the position of the bursae. They are located beneath some of your body’s biggest and bulkiest muscles. With hip bursitis, pain can be felt mainly over your trochanter, which is a portion of your thighbone.

Bursitis occurs in different locations in the body that are subject to repetitive motion:

Shoulder – Bursitis that occurs in the shoulder usually comes from an injury of the rotator cuff, which is the muscles and tendons that connect your upper arm to your shoulder blade. It can be caused by a bad fall, lifting something heavy, or activities that may require your arm to extend over your head, like basketball or nailing.

Elbow – This can occur by participating in actions that require you to repeatedly bend or extend your elbow. This inflammation can happen by pushing a vacuum cleaner, playing tennis, etc.

Buttocks – You can feel pain down here with an inflamed bursa over the bone of your butt. It occurs most frequently in those that sit and hard surfaces for a long time, like bike riders.

Hip – Bursitis of the hip usually occurs in those with arthritis or a previous hip injury. The pressure can derive from standing or sitting for an extended period of time.

Knee – Repetitive kneeling causes this form of bursitis. It’s easy to notice, because you can notice a soft, egg-shaped bump appear on the front of your knee. You can most commonly find carpenters, roofers, and gardeners with this kind of bursitis.

Ankle – Wearing improper footwear (sandals while walking a long distance) can cause the inflammation of the bursa around the ankle. Bursitis of the ankle also occurs in ice-skating.

Treatment of bursitis should involve resting and the immobilization of the affected area, applying ice, and taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve swelling and pain.

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