Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Bursa Inflammation Treatment

Treatment for bursitis includes rest, cold compresses, elevation, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. With treatment, most cases of bursitis will resolve within 4 to 6 weeks. Depending on the extent of inflammation, a doctor may drain fluid from the bursa. In some cases, corticosteroid medication may be injected into the bursa. Corticosteroids can reduce pain and inflammation quickly. After treatment, physical therapy may help strengthen muscle near the bursa, which may reduce the chance of additional episodes of bursitis.

Treatment for bursitis may include:

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Bursa Inflammation Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of bursitis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • Will I need occupational therapy?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Bursa Inflammation Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat bursitis:

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Last Updated: Jun 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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