What is Bursitis and How do you Treat it?

At some point you may have heard a fellow athlete or friend complain about having Bursitis and going through orthopedic care for it, but may not know much else about the condition. Knowing the facts about Bursitis will help you know what to do if you should ever experience the problem yourself.

What is Bursitis? Orthopedic_Care

To understand Bursitis, some background of the anatomy involved is helpful. Your joints are complex, made up of ligaments, tendons, and bones supported by muscle and connective tissue. A bursa is a capsule of fluid that helps provide cushion within your joints. Bursae are located all throughout your body and are plentiful (around 160!). The lining of these special capsules produces fluid that helps your joints move freely and manages friction. Bursitis is diagnosed when the bursae become irritated and inflamed, often due to overuse. You may have pain, swelling, and decreased range of motion. Though any joint can develop Bursitis, the most commonly affected joints are the shoulder, hip, knee, big toe, heel, and elbow due to repeat stress on these joints.

How is Bursitis Treated?

Your orthopedic care provider will diagnose Bursitis through examination. He or she will rule out more critical injuries and ask questions about your lifestyle and pain. From there, treatment will depend upon severity. Bursitis is a very common condition that many people may have and never seek treatment for if it is mild. For those who pursue orthopedic care, the treatment plan will likely contain a combination of rest, ice, anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs, and potentially a steroid injection in the area of the painful joint.

Any time you experience joint pain; it’s worth a call to your orthopedic care provider. Bursitis is generally not a serious condition, but can certainly be painful and enduring without the proper treatment.

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