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Can I get my bursitis drained or does that not help

Can I get my bursitis drained or does that not help

Depends: We try not to drain it as often the fluid will return worse than before. If it is full of blood often our hand is twisted to remove it to prevent ossification ...Read more

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Bursitis (Definition)

Bursitis is inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between ...Read more


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My husband has been diagnosed with elbow bursitis. His doctor tried draining it, but after he stuck the needle in, he said that there was no fluid in there. Is bursitis possible without fluid?

Yes: Yes, it is possible. Let the doctor know if the bursitis does not improve with treatment. If there is increased redness, warmth, pain in the area or if the surrounding skin becomes inflamed, let the doctor know immediately. ...Read more

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What about if you have bursitis and you don't drain it?

Can't always drain: Not all types of bursitis can be drained. There may be inflammation but no fluid. We try to drain any fluid collection in the body and get cell counts, cultures, chemistries and and review the fluid under a microscope. It is important to drain fluid to look for infection. Usually infection, pain relief and the desire to get a diagnosis of the fluid are the main reasons to drain it. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat bursitis in my elbow if draining is ineffective?

What can I do to treat bursitis in my elbow if draining is ineffective?

Surgical excision: Surgery for noninfected bursa. If elbow bursitis is not a result of infection, surgery may still be needed if nonsurgical treatments do not work. In this case, surgery to remove the bursa is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. The surgery does not disturb any muscle, ligament, or joint structures. Good luck. ...Read more

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Bursitis just below knee cap (size of apple) burst when I bent down & drained into leg. Now leg is sore but no pain, is it ok/safe for it to rupture?

Prepatellar bursitis: Sounds like prepatellar bursitis. Many pictures on google to help you decide if that is accurate. In general if symptoms improve with rupture and continue to improve as the swelling resolves it is a non-issue and nothing to worry about. If it worsens or new problems develop go to ED for evaluation. ...Read more

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What is bursitis ?

Inflammation: Bursa are small sacs of synovial fluid in the body.Although there are more than 150, the most common bursa that people may be told is inflamed are by the shoulder & hip bones (trochanteric bursitis).They tend to be located where muscles & tendons, slide across bone. When bursitis occurs, movement becomes difficult & painful. Treatment may include rest,ice,anti-inflammatory drugs, PT, or injections ...Read more

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What causes bursitis?

Bursitis: Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa which is a fluid filled sac usually over a bony prominence helping to decrease friction. Bursitis can be caused by direct trauma, overuse, infection and various inflammatory processes. ...Read more

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How to treat bursitis?

How to treat bursitis?

Cortisone injection: Bursitis which is a localized inflammation of a bursa usually responds very well to a cortisone injection. Other treatments can be tried such as resting the inflamed area, ice , nsaids, or pt. ...Read more

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Is bursitis contagious?

No: Bursitis is "inflammation of a bursa" - in medical terms anything that has "-itis" means " inflammation of..."... Ie: tendonitis, epicondylitis, arthritis..... A bursa is a fluid filled sac that sits where a tendon is attaching to a bone.... And usually overuse of that tendon and its associated muscle can aggravate the bursa - causing bursitis, so nothing at all contagious.... ...Read more

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