"Whether you're at work or at play, if you overuse or repetitively
stress the area around your body's joints, you may eventually develop
a painful inflammation called bursitis.
You have more than 150 bursae in your body. These small, fluid-filled
sacs lubricate and cushion pressure points between your bones and the
tendons and muscles near your joints. They help your joints move with
ease. Bursitis occurs when one of the bursae becomes inflamed. When
inflammation occurs, movement or pressure is painful.
Bursitis often affects the areas around the joints in your shoulders,
elbows or hips. But you can also have bursitis by your knee, heel and
even in the base of your big toe. Bursitis pain usually goes away
within a week or so with proper treatment, but recurrent flare-ups are
common and can be frustrating."
"Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) include a long
list of possibilities such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naprosyn, Celebrex,
and many others. Bursitis treatment can be improved by these
medications that will decrease pain and swelling. Be sure to talk to
your doctor before starting these medications."
"If the symptoms of bursitis are persistent, an injection of cortisone
may be considered. Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory
medication, but instead of being given by mouth, it is injected
directly to the site of inflammation. This can be extremely helpful
for situations that are not improved with rest."
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Bursitis : Article by Janet Talbot-Stern MD