Bursitis

​Bursitis

Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa – a small fluid-filled sac that functions as a cushion between a bone and a muscle, skin, or tendon, most commonly in the shoulder, hip, elbow, and knee. Bursas are to lubricate joint tendons. When the demand and friction on the bursa are too high, it will become overused and irritated and lead to inflammation. 

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Symptoms & Causes of ​​​​Bursitis

The symptoms of bursitis are:

  • Aches or stiffness on the affected joint(s)

  • Painful during movement or pressure on the affected joint(s)

  • Swollen

  • Extra sensitive to compression

The causes for bursitis are such as:

  • Repetitive movements such as golf, badminton, tennis, gaming, gardening, carpentry, playing musical instruments, and painting)

  • Leaning on elbows for long periods

  • Extensive kneeling (scrubbing floors, setting tiles, laying carpets)

  • Prolonged and excessive pressure

  • Traumatic injuries such as falls or motor vehicle accidents

  • Inflammatory arthritis (Rheumatoid arthritis, gout, infection)

  • Aging

  • Overweight (hip and knee bursitis)

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Treatment for ​​​​Bursitis

Our physiotherapists at Fizo Kare Physiotherapy Centre will provide expert advice on methods to protect the area and customise a programme to treat bursitis and help prevent the recurrence of this painful condition. If needed, we will also include bandaging or immobilising brace around the affected joint until the inflammation subsides to prevent further inflammation.

Once the inflammation has subsided, physiotherapy treatments and exercise programmes are important to ensure that bursitis does not reoccur.

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