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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Bursitis (Overview)

Inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between muscles, tendons, and joints.


Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
1 doctor shared a insight

Bursitis (Overview)

Inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between muscles, tendons, and joints.


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What is bursitis, and what are its symptoms?

What is bursitis, and what are its symptoms?

Inflammation: A bursa is a fluid filled sac rthat sits between muscle or between muscle and bone and assists with normal motion — like the ball bearings of the body. If a bursa becomes inflamed — by acute trauma, repetitive motions or activities or other forms of inflammation it causes local pain, possible swelling and usually loss of motion of the affected area. ...Read more

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Bursitis (Tip)

Steroid injection is usually curative! Failure? Not bursitis! ...See more

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Managing Bursitis (Checklist)

Discuss NSAIDs with your physician
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Ice affected areas
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Consider physical therapy to correct your posture or to modify the behavior to end the root cause
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If treatment does not work, consider steroid injections or Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment
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What are the best ways to relieve symptoms of bursitis and flare-ups?

What are the best ways to relieve symptoms of bursitis and flare-ups?

Simple measures: To begin with, stop the activity that caused the flare-up. Rest the affected area as much as you can. Ice the area. Use tylenol (acetaminophen) and anti-inflammatory meds for pain relief. With these simple measures and time, most flare-ups will calm down. If they do not progressively improve in 7-10 days, see a doctor. ...Read more

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What are the signs of having bursitis and tennis elbow?

What are the signs of having bursitis and tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow: Pain over the outside (lateral) aspect of the elbow, worsened by lifting, esp with the palm facing down. In later stages, pain at rest. Treated without surgery in over 90% of cases. Stretching, nsaids, counterforce bracing (forearm strap) occasionally during heavy activity, and selective cortisone injections (up to 2, but no more). Surgery results shown to decline after 2 injections. Good luck! ...Read more

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Bursitis (Tip)

Steroid injection is usually curative! Failure? Not bursitis! ...See more

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What can I safely take for bursitis?

What can I safely take for bursitis?

BURSITIS OF WHAT?: Bursitis can affect many areas such as the shoulders, hips, elbows, and knees. Local treatment includes topical anti-inflammatories, ice alternating with heat. Local cortisone injections can be helpful. Also, oral anti-inflammatories can be helpful also such as advil or aleve (naproxen). ...Read more

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Been diagnosed with troncanteric bursitis (probably not spelled right) & have had 2 shots & phys. Ther. Nothing seems to be working yet. Any suggestion?

Wrong DX!: Trochanteric bursitis almost always responds to steroid injections. Since you have failed two injections, I use a latin expression, " re ipso loquitor, " ie. "the results speak for themselves. Since you did not tell about your sx, I cannot tell what you have. See a rheumatology or physiatrist specialist! ...Read more

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Bursitis (Tip)

Best treated with a steroid injection. If it works, great and it confirms diagnosis. ...See more

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Would bursitis show up as inflammation in my blood test?

Would bursitis show up as inflammation in my blood test?

Not usually: Blod tests for inflammation are very non-specific. The easiest way to diagnose bursitis is to image the affected joint with an MRI — non contrast. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have olecranon bursitis?

Bursitis: In the absence of recent trauma, pain and swelling over the back of the elbow may suggest the presence of olecranon bursitis. ...Read more

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Bursitis (Tip)

Don't lift heavy weight or apply heavy weight on the involved joint. ...See more

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Does the tetanis shot causes bursitis?

NO: A tetanus immunizaiton should at most cause some local pain and swelling. Bursitis is not a known complicaiton of this common immunizatiion. If you have a bursitis, see your pcp or orthopedist and get it checke out if heat or ice and rest are not helping. ...Read more

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What does moderate prepatella bursitis and moderate grade proximal patella tendinopathy involving deep fibres mean as to how bad is injury?

Not too bad: Thankfully, it does not suggest anything being torn a pre patellar bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa that is just superficial to the patellar tendon. The patellar tendon tendonopathy describes abnormality of the tendon itself. One way to describe it then is that you strained your patellar tendon as opposed to tearing it. It would be managed non operatively, sometimes using a brace. ...Read more

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Is bursitis treatable with medication?

Yes: Most cases of bursitis are inflammatory, and thus can be treated with anti-inflammatories. This includes oral and injectable steroids as well as topical or oral nsaids. Infectious bursitis, called septic bursitis, requires use of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to help control/treat ishcial bursitis?

Yes: It can be treated with ice compresses, rest, and anti-inflammatory and pain medications. You may need removal of fluid, and if no evidence of infection, a cortisone injection can help. Physical therapy may be helpful as well. ...Read more

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How is subacromial subdeltoid bursitis treated?

Medication injection: Protection, rest, ice, compression, elevation, and medications such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen (advil) can be helpful to reduce inflammation and pain for bursitis.
If your bursitis is not infectious, the doctor may inject the bursa with a corticosteroid to reduce inflammation.
Rarely will require surgery to remove it.
Check with your doctor if you could use those medications. ...Read more

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Are there any specific analgesics good for treating bursitis and femur/hip pain? Post-op 8 years femur repair with hardware.

Are there any specific analgesics good for treating bursitis and femur/hip pain? Post-op 8 years femur repair with hardware.

NSAIDS are good: Analgesics but it may aggravate your abdominal discomfort and barrett's esophagus. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is less effective but worth a try to less hard on your stomach. Narcotic meds (codeine, morphine, hydro and oxycodone) can be used for severe pain. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Are drugs the most effective treatment for bursitis pain?

No: Medication and ice can be effective in the short term and often can clear up bursitis. Usually long term prevention is achieved by isolating the cause (ie poor mechanics) and restoring normal function through a formal therapy program. ...Read more