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Bursitis

Bursitis is the inflammation of an anatomical structure known as a bursa. Bursae (the plural of bursa) are fluid-filled sacs located between bones and other moving parts in joints that help cushion and reduce friction during movement. When they become inflamed they can limit movement and cause pain and stiffness in the affected joint.

Bursitis and its counterpart tendonitis (inflammation of the tendon, a tissue that connects muscle to bone) are most often caused by arthritis, an injury, an infection, or an overuse of the joint. Although their symptoms are similar, physicians makeBursitis is the inflammation of an anatomical structure known as a bursa. Bursae (the plural of bursa) are fluid-filled sacs located between bones and other moving parts in joints that help cushion and reduce friction during movement. When they become inflamed they can limit movement and cause pain and stiffness in the affected joint.

Common Treatments:

While bursitis normally subsides over time, physicians will develop a treatment plan to deal with the immediate pain and swelling. In addition to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroids, they may also prescribe rest for the joint facilitated by splinting. Patients may also benefit from heat and cold applications or some form of physical or occupational therapy.
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