Symptoms of Bursitis

Symptoms of bursitis, as with many of the "itis" conditions, are easily recognizable once you know you have it. Symptoms will appear with over-use or infection, and many people will notice symptoms of bursitis when the weather changes. Bursitis, an inflammation of the tiny fluid-filled sacs that provide a cushion between tendons and bones, is common in middle-aged people.

Common Bursitis Symptoms
The symptoms of bursitis include swelling, redness, pain and stiffness in the affected area. The most common areas for bursitis are large muscles that get regular repetitive use, like the shoulders, hips, elbows and knees. The affected area will probably hurt more when you touch it or move it.

You can usually treat bursitis at home. It is best to immobilize the affected area and rest it. You can apply ice packs for relief-only 20 minutes at a time, however, to avoid damage to your skin. You can also try over-the-counter pain relief, such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Once your bursitis subsides, try to avoid repetitive movements on the affected areas to prevent recurrence of your symptoms, and evaluate your daily routine to find out if you can prevent any triggers.

When To Contact Your Doctor
You should contact your doctor if

  • Home remedies don't relieve the pain.
  • You feel sharp or shooting pain, especially when you move the joint.
  • You have pain for more than two weeks.
  • Your symptoms are severe or ongoing, to the point of interfering with your daily activities.
  • You notice excessive swelling, bruising, redness or a rash at the location of your bursitis, which could indicate an infection.

For a more serious case of bursitis, your doctor can try other options, such as physical therapy or steroid injections.

Bursitis can be uncomfortable and even painful, but you can usually manage symptoms of bursitis with proper treatment. 

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