|Bursitis in the Shoulder|
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- A blow to an area containing a bursa
- Repetitive stress on the bursa
- Infection in bursa
- Long periods of pressure on joint—leaning on elbows, sitting or kneeling on hard surfaces
- Medical conditions that cause inflammation in joints such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout
- Repetitive motion activities when done to an extreme, such as swimming, running, or tennis
A job that requires:
- Repetitive motions such as hammering or painting
- Long hours in one position such as a carpenter kneeling
- Contact sports
- Sporting gear that is too tight
- A puncture or deep cut that involves bursa
- Pain in the area
- Reddened skin
- Warmth around the area of the bursa
- Decreased motion of the nearby joint
- Decreased function of the nearby limb
- Applying ice to the area in the first few days
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for inflammation and pain
- Crutches or a cane if knee or hip bursitis needs support
- Physical therapy—sessions may include exercises and heat therapy
- Surgery—only if all other treatments are not effective
- Do not overdo sports and other activities.
- When doing a new activity, gradually increase the intensity and duration of activity.
- Make sure you perform activities correctly.
- Wear properly fitting, protective pads if you play contact sports.
- Use proper safety equipment at work.
- Work with an ergonomic specialist to improve work related activities.
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Hip bursitis. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Ortho Info website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00409. Updated August 2007. Accessed December 15, 2013.
Prepatellar bursitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated September 5, 2012. Accessed December 15, 2013.
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- Reviewer: Peter Lucas, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 01/13/2014 -
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