Bursitis is the inflammation of small sacs of synovial fluid within the body. Most commonly occurring near joints. The bursae are small sacs of fluid that provide cushions where muscles and tendons slide across bones during bodily movement. The bursae occasionally become inflamed, resulting in bursitis.


Bursitis symptoms can be quite painful and debilitating. As the bursae become inflamed, additional movement continues to irritate the area, perpetuating the problem. Symptoms may include aches or stiffness. The pain usually increases when you press on the spot or move the joint or limb. The area may appear swollen or red. A sudden, shooting pain, sudden inability to move a joint, disabling joint pain, excessive swelling, redness, bruising, or rash, and fever may all be symptoms of bursitis.


Bursitis has several causes. As we age, tendons become less flexible, causing more wear on the sacs. Minor repetitive trauma or movement may increase the chances of developing bursitis. A sudden, sharper trauma may also cause a flare-up. Extensive kneeling or leaning on a joint, like the knees or elbows, may cause a flare-up. Inflammation can also be caused by repetitive motion, like throwing a ball or lifting an object over your head repeatedly. Once bursitis has occurred, it’s likely to recur. Treatment may reduce the chances of a recurrence.


Bursitis may be prevented, in some cases, with the use of pads to reduce the pressure on the joints. Proper lifting and mitigation techniques can also help prevent injury. Take frequent breaks, and maintain a healthy fitness level to help prevent irritation to the bursae.

Rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain relievers may provide some relief. Physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, and temporary use of an assistive device, like a cane or walker, may provide relief. When you come into the Non-Surgical Spine Center, we’ll discuss your treatment options and create a plan that best suits your specific needs.

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Non-Surgical Spine Center was established with the mission of providing patients and clinicians a non-surgical alternative in the treatment of spine and musculoskeletal pain. Utilizing the most current and innovative diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, our group offers patients a multitude of options for improving daily function and quality of life while significantly decreasing levels of pain. If you are experiencing muscle pain, feel free to contact our office at 843-856-9669 or at our contact page.