Bursas are small, thin fluid-filled sacs that are located near the joints. They help reduce friction between bones and the surrounding tissue. When a bursa becomes inflamed, it is called bursitis or a swollen bursa. This can lead to joint pain in the affected area, such as the knee, elbow, hip or shoulder.
Causes of Bursitis
Several factors may lead to bursitis. Typically, it is the result of irritation, friction or trauma. The most common causes include:
- Leaning on elbows
- Excessive kneeling
- Overuse from sports or occupational activities
- Banging the joint on a hard surface
- Falling on the joint
Areas affected by Bursitis
Bursitis can occur in any joint, but it is most common in the shoulder, elbow and hip. However, it may also develop by the knees, heels and at the base of the big toe. Generally, bursitis can occur near any joint that performs frequent or repetitive motion.
Symptoms of Bursitis
Unless bursitis was caused by sudden trauma, its symptoms usually develop gradually. The most common symptoms include:
- Loss of mobility
- Skin redness and warmth
Treatments for Bursitis
If you believe your joint pain may be due to bursitis, take the first step toward pain-free living with Rejuvinix. We provide comprehensive and personalized non-surgical treatments to help heal your swollen bursa and get you back to doing what you love. Depending on your needs, your program may include physical therapy, injections, or other interventional sports medicine approaches.
To learn more about which treatment is right for you, fill out the “Make An Appointment” form at the bottom of this page, or call our office for more information.