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Do I ice or heat for bursitis in right hip had a cortisone shot 2 days ago. Not better yet?

Do I ice or heat for bursitis in right hip had a cortisone shot 2 days ago. Not better yet?

Do what feels best: The corticosteroid shot you had is a long acting but slow release medication-after 2 days we typically expect the medication is just beginning to take effect and it may take a week to really kick in. If you don't feel any improvement at 2 weeks, you should talk to your doctor about other options. Pt or home stretching and strengthening may help. Good luck! ...Read more

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Bursitis (Definition)

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


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Can heat help my bursitis pain?

Can heat help my bursitis pain?

At times: If the pain is acute you would want to use ice, if not then moist heat would be best. About 15 minutes is a good time limit for either ice or hat. ...Read more

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I have extremely severe pain in my left shoulder and upper arm from bursitis. I've tried heat, cold, physical therapy and meloxicam with no success.?

I have extremely severe pain in my left shoulder and upper arm from bursitis. I've tried heat, cold, physical therapy and meloxicam with no success.?

Get MRI: If you have 'bursitis' diagnosed by history and physical exam/ X-rays only and have had the treatment you discussed w/out improvement then a good quality MRI scan is indicated. If you've had an MRI scan which confirms above then see a qualified ORS for possible subacromial injection or arthroscopic decompression/rotator cuff repair. Best if Luck! ...Read more

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Bad shoulder bursitis. Heating pad, ice, ibuprofen or cortisone pills not working. Any exercises to help? Very bad pain, cannot sleep from the pain.

Bad shoulder bursitis. Heating pad, ice, ibuprofen or cortisone pills not working. Any exercises to help? Very bad pain, cannot sleep from the pain.

Tricky: The shoulder is an incredible joint. However, with injury, we try to stop moving it. Thus, it has a tendency to stiffen up and make movement painful. It is often difficult to judge if it is the injury or the lack of movement that is more painful. Talk to your doctor and therapist and they will direct you to either push through, or rest. ...Read more

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How can I ease my bursitis pain?

How can I ease my bursitis pain?

Ice: Ice and stretching are very simple things that can be done at home for bursitis. If given permission by your md over the counter anti-inflammatories and pain medication may also help. ...Read more

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Describe the features of bursitis.?

Describe the features of bursitis.?

Inflammmation: Bursitis is a condition of inflammation often associated
with pain, swelling and some warmth. It is often related to
overactivity typically affecting areas such as the olecranon bursa
of the elbow, trochanteric bursa of the hip and the calcaneal bursa of the heel. The treatment involves rest, ice, nsaids and
sometimes might involve physical therapy or local cortisone injection. ...Read more

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So what are the symptoms of bursitis?

Bursitis: Thisbis usually associated with painful motion. Putting joint in certain ranges of motion my create muscle and joint pain. ...Read 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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How to tell if I have bursitis or not?

How to tell if I have bursitis or not?

Clinical exam: Can often suggest this diagnosis without the need for other tests. Mri and ultrasound can both be used for further investigation. ...Read more

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Can I die from bursitis if I ignore it?

No BUT: Bursitis is a localized inflammatory process that causes pain. It is usually self-limiting and even if you ignore it, it may resolve in time. ...Read more

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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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What are your experiences with bursitis pain?

What are your experiences with bursitis pain?

Bursitis: The bursa is a type of cushion the body has that is filled with fluid. The clinically significant ones I have seen include shoulder, elbow, below knee cap and below the hip. When these get inflamed they can become quite painful. Anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen or Aleve (naproxen) can help with many forms of bursitis. If the pain is severe the dr. Can remove the fluid and inject a steroid which helps si. ...Read more

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I had injections for bursitis why was the pain so intense?

I had injections for bursitis why was the pain so intense?

Procedure: Pain indicates that the injections are properly placed. The associated lidocaine/novocaine should immediately eliminate it. ...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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How to treat bursitis?

Bursitis treatment: If not infected ice, good rest and NSAIDs OTC to manage pain and inflammation. Infectious bursitis requires antibiotic therapy, usually IV and sometimes bursectomy. If needed. ...Read more

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What is asubdeltoid bursitis?

What is asubdeltoid bursitis?

Fluid: That builds up in the space (bursa) underneath the deltoid muscle. Can be painful. Can also see fluid there from a rotator cuff tear. ...Read more

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Can chemotherapy cause bursitis?

Unlikely: It's unlikely that bursitis is caused by chemotherapy. I would consider an alternative answer. Your physician can help clarify why you have bursitis, is there a variety of other issues that need to be considered. ...Read more

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Does bursitis show up on an x-ray?

Does bursitis show up on an x-ray?

Sometimes: Bursitis is a focal area of inflammation that sometimes can accumulate fluid producing a lump. Ifs the inflammation is substantial it may produce finding on the x-ray. Mri is more sensitive in detecting the inflammation associated with bursitis. ...Read more

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What's calcaneal bursitis feel like?

Pinpoint pain: To the area where the bursitis is located. Commonly to the bottom or back of the heel. In the back it is often caused by a spur in the back of the heel, in the bottom, it can be associated with a heel spur, plantar fascitiis or can have its own identity. ...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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How do I treat bursitis in my shoulder?

How do I treat bursitis in my shoulder?

Subacromial steroid: A few subacromial steroid inj pt get rom back before stengthening see orthopod rulle out rotator cuff tear decompression before tearsh ave better outcomes impingment syndrome is the name bursitis can be a symptom of a bigger problem. ...Read more

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Signs and symptoms of bursitis condition?

Pain and limited mot: Bursitis or inflammation involving a bursal sack is usually seen with acute pain in a local area. The pain is usually worsened on activity. There may be redness, heat and local swelling as well. Motion of the local area is limited due to the pain. ...Read more

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How can I treat a bursitis in my shoulder?

How can I treat a bursitis in my shoulder?

Usually PT: Physical therapy, anti inflammatory medications, ice, and rest are the mainstays of treating bursitis of the shoulder. If that fails, a cortisone injection maybe considered. Surgery is reserved for refractory cases, after all non-operative measures have failed, and a thorough work up to confirm diagnosis is performed. ...Read more

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I'm 17 f what can I do about ischial bursitis?

Ischial bursitis: See an orthopedist. Get a pelvic xray and treatment with rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medication, and possibly physical therapy or a cortisone injection. ...Read more

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I have bursitis in my shoulder. What can I take?

I have bursitis in my shoulder. What can I take?

Bursitis: Typically over the counter nsaids, like Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen). Ice may help. If no improvement, consult with an orthopedic surgeon for a diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have bursitis and kill the pain?

Yes: You need a correct diagnosis, but after that specific therapy to that diagnosis can help. It may be exercise and physical therapy, it may be heat, ice or ultrasound; it may be a localized injection. These are some of the approaches. ...Read more

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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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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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Does anyone have any tips on how I can prevent bursitis?

PT: There are many different bursae in the body. Hip bursitis (greater trochanter) can be relieved with it band stretching, ice, nsaids, hip abductor strengthening, injection of steroid, and rarely a surgery. Shoulder bursitis can be relieved with physical therapy exercises (stretching and strengthening of the rotator cuff and shoulder blade stabilizing muscles), injections, nsaids, and surgery. ...Read more

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What are some ways to reduce the swelling from bursitis?

What are some ways to reduce the swelling from bursitis?

Bursitis: Try ice, compressive sleeve, and nsaids. If no better, you may benefit from aspiration followed by more of above. If bursitis from infection, antibiotics until resolved (3-4 weeks) may be required. Good luck! ...Read more

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What can be done for the pain of bursitis in my shoulder?

PT and NSAIDs: Physical therapy, anti inflammatory medications, ice, and rest are the mainstays of treating bursitis of the shoulder. If that fails, a cortisone injection maybe considered. Surgery is reserved for refractory cases, after all non-operative measures have failed, and a thorough work up to confirm diagnosis is performed. ...Read more

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Is it bad luck or bad genes that made me develop bursitis?

Bad luck, etc.: Genetics rarely play a role in bursitis. Direct trauma, overuse, poor body mechanics and age-related degeneration are the most common factors associated with bursitis. ...Read more

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Will getting "vital 3" help with bursitis of the shoulder?

Not Likely: Vital 3 is available over-the-counter and has very trace amounts of elements that may be thought of as helping with joint pain or inflammation. Also, bursitis is a very general term and I would almost never use it as primary diagnosis so if you have had trouble for a long time, see a shoulder specialist. If you are looking for available otc meds...I recommend looking elsewhere. ...Read more

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What specific exercises would help bursitis of the suprapatellar?

Bursitis, tendonosis: Quadraceps tendonosis and other tendon/muscle disorders of the anterior knee and thigh tend to respond well to stretching and closed chain exercise programs. With a suprapatella bursitis there can be fluid in the bursa which sometimes requires aspiration or more rarely surgery. Consultation with your physician will most likely result in a reasonable treatment plan. ...Read more

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I have had bilateral subacromial bursitis for one year now, can anyone help please?

I have had bilateral subacromial bursitis for one year now, can anyone help please?

Injection: Have you had cortisone injections into the bursa. These help tremendously well in my patients. If the relief doesn't last long, you may want to see a physiatrist or orthopedic surgeon that specializes in the shoulder to get a better workup (likely with an MRI or possibly shoulder arthrogram). ...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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What is bursitis and what is tendinitis?

Inflammation: A bursa is a pocket of fluid that provides a buffer between muscle and bone. Inflammation of the bursa either from overuse or injury can lead to bursitis. A tendon attaches muscle to bone. Inflammation of the tendon either from overuse or injury can lead to tendonitis. ...Read more