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Bursitis Overview

What is bursitis?
A person with bursitis has inflammation of a bursa, which is a small sac of slippery fluid. A bursa is found near a joint, where it acts as a lubricating pad between tendon and bone. Bursitis is caused by overuse or injury. Bursitis can occur around any joint in the body, but the joints that are most active are the more common sites for bursitis. Common sites include hip bursitis, knee bursitis, heel bursitis, shoulder bursitis, elbow bursitis, and wrist bursitis.

What are the symptoms of bursitis?
Common symptoms of bursitis include pain, swelling, and redness around a joint.

How does the doctor treat bursitis?
Treatment for bursitis includes rest, cold compresses, elevation, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Oral or injectable corticosteroids may be beneficial in some cases.

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Last Updated: Aug 25, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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