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Bursitis

What is Bursitis?

It is the inflammation of fluid-filled pads (bursae) that acts as cushions in the joints.

Do I need cortisone injection or physiotherapy to treat my bursitis?

Your GP will recommend that you commence with physiotherapy first. Hydrocortisone injections are effective in treating bursitis, unfortunately, there are potential side-effects, which is why your GP would recommend physiotherapy first.

What are the symptoms of bursitis?

  1. Localised pain
  2. Swelling
  3. A warm feeling in or around the affected joint
  4. Increased pain at night
  5. Pain that becomes worse on movement
  6. Stiffness
  7. In some cases, reddening of the skin around the affected joint.

What are the common joints where bursitis can occur?

  • Shoulder joint (subacromial bursitis)

  • Elbow joint (olecranon bursitis)

  • Hip joint (trochanteric bursitis)

  • Knee joint (patella bursitis)

  • The heel (retrocalcaneal bursitis)

What are the causes of bursitis?

  • Injury to the joint

  • Repeated excessive pressure on the joint

  • Overuse of the joint

  • Some conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, gout and diabetes can lead to bursitis

  • An infection may also lead to bursitis

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