When the fluid-filled sacs (bursae) which are located between a tendon and skin, or between a tendon and bone become inflamed, a condition known as bursitis occurs. It can cause pain and tenderness in the area, and it can make movement difficult. The physicians at Coastal Orthopedics specialize in treating this condition and can provide common causes and symptoms.
What is bursitis?
Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursae, or small fluid-filled sacs that serve as cushions between the bones and soft tissue. Normally, the bursae provide a slippery surface between the bones and layers of soft tissue with almost no friction. When the bursae become inflamed, they lose their gliding capabilities and become more irritated when they move.
What causes bursitis?
The condition typically results from repetitive movement or from prolonged and excessive pressure on the joint. For example, patients who rest on their elbow for long periods of time or those who bend their elbows frequently and repetitively can develop elbow bursitis. Bursitis is also common in the shoulder, hip, and knee.
What are the symptoms of bursitis?
Pain and tenderness in the area of the affected bursae and joint are the primary symptoms of bursitis. If the bursae sacs swell, it can result in limited range of motion of the affected joint.
How is bursitis treated?
Our physicians will begin treatment of bursitis with conservative options, such as the R.I.C.E. method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). You might also receive a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication. Stretching and strengthening the area is also advised. Your doctor may decide to take a more advanced treatment approach with corticosteroid injections if the conservative options are not providing satisfactory results.
If you would like to find out more about bursitis and its treatment options, contact Coastal Orthopedics to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians at (843) 484-0976.