Bursitis is a condition that disables your joints from moving freely because of the inflammation. Bursae are fluid-filled thin sacs between bones and muscles. This lubricated component prevents your bones and muscles from rubbing together painfully inside your joint. Bursae inflammation can lead to severe pain in your joints.
The most common causes of bursitis are unusual movements or positions that put a significant force on the bursae around a joint. These movements may occur during sports activities (such as playing tennis) or even household chores (such as painting walls). Bursitis can occur in positions such as leaning your elbows on the table or spending a lot of time on your knees while gardening. The medical conditions most commonly linked to bursitis are diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout.
The joints you use the most are at the highest risk of developing bursitis, and a doctor’s advice is to be cautious while using your knees, elbows, shoulders, and hips. Also, this type of inflammation can happen around your heel and big toe area.
The treatment plan for bursitis includes various activities. Before the adequate treatment is prescribed, you need a thorough examination, during which the doctor reviews your symptoms and the current state of your joint problems. A specialist may suggest:
- Physical therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Corticosteroid injections
- RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation)
For more information on bursitis and how to treat it, feel free to book an appointment with Space City Pain Specialists.