Bursitis is a condition that affects the small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion the bones, tendons, and muscles near your joints called a bursae. Bursitis occurs near joints that heavily perform repetitive movements or in some cases, experience a trauma. Women, older adults, and those suffering from arthritis are at a higher risk of developing bursitis. Most commonly this condition occurs in the shoulder, elbow, or hip joint but some also experience bursitis in their knee, heel, or wrist.
Symptoms can include:
- Swelling and inflammation near a joint
- A visible bump from an inflamed bursae
- Stiffness or tenderness
We have over 150 bursae in our bodies and it is very common for one to become inflamed. Some can manage acute bursitis with the RICE technique (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate) however, if pain persists we recommend seeing a specialist.
Iowa Ortho’s joint specialists start with an examination of your joint to pinpoint where the pain is coming from. This exam, along with your medical history, will help diagnose the condition. Our doctors may also order imaging tests to rule out any other conditions in your bones or joints that may be contributing to the pain.
Treatment options may include:
- Orthotics: A custom insole can provide symptom and pressure relief.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Medications to help with pain and reduce inflammation.
- Exercise modification: Changing your workout plan can help reduce stress on inflamed joints.
- Steroid Injection: An injection to the inflamed area may help ease your pain and reduce swelling.
- Assistive devices: Crutches, a cane, brace/splint, or a cushioned pad can be utilized to relieve pressure on the inflamed joints.
If progress isn’t shown after several months, our team may recommend a different treatment than above. If you find you are suffering from symptoms of this painful condition or have questions about treatment options call Iowa Ortho today at 515-247-8400 to schedule an appointment with one of our joint specialists!