Bursitis

shoulder-pain

Are you experiencing pain in your shoulder, elbow, hip or knee? Is this area sensitive to the touch, swollen, or painful to move?

If so, you may have a condition known as bursitis. Bursitis is common, treatable and often heals completely within months.

Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursae, which are the small, fluid-filled sacs found near joints. The bursae collectively act as a cushion between the moving parts in your joints to stop your muscles, bones, and tendons from rubbing together and wearing down over time. When a bursa – a single sac – becomes irritated, it swells, leaving less room in your joint for muscles and tendons to move around as you move. This can lead to pain and inability to move that body part within your normal range of motion. If you also have a fever, it could mean that one or more of your bursae are infected; this is known as septic bursitis.

Overuse of a joint, an injury, or a chronic condition such as rheumatoid arthritis can cause bursitis.

Bursitis may be treated at home or by a doctor, depending on the severity of your pain and motion limitations. At-home treatments include anti-inflammatory medicines, rest, and ice packs. If your symptoms persist, your doctor may opt to inject corticosteroids in or around the area. In severe and long-term situations, your doctor may recommend surgery as an option.

Signature Medical Group’s practitioners are board-certified orthopedic surgeons whose expertise, experience, and leadership in their profession translate into exceptional medical care and treatment for you.

If you suspect you have bursitis and live in the St. Louis or Kansas City area, contact one of our orthopedic practices to schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns and have an evaluation by one of our specialists today.

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Doctors

Listed below are Signature Medical Group physicians who diagnose and treat this condition.

Amy M. Zippay, MD

Amy M. Zippay

St. Louis, MO

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Spine

Aleksander C. Ferbet, DPM

Aleksander C. Ferbet

St. Louis, MO

  • Podiatry
  • Foot and Ankle

Christopher W. Palmer, DO

Christopher W. Palmer

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Trauma

Atul T. Patel, MD

Atul T. Patel

Overland Park, KS

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Alexander J. Heck, MD

Alexander J. Heck

Fenton, MO

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Pain Management
  • Spine

Kenneth (Buck) S. Smith, MD

Kenneth (Buck) S. Smith

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trauma

Robert H. Sigmund, MD

Robert H. Sigmund

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Sports Medicine

Robert G. Medler, MD

Robert G. Medler

St. Louis, MO

  • Orthopedics
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Shoulder and Elbow
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trauma

Ashok Kumar, MD

Ashok Kumar

St. Louis, MO

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Spine

Robert P. Bruce, MD

Robert P. Bruce

Overland Park, KS

  • Orthopedics
  • Hip and Knee
  • Joint Replacement
  • Shoulder and Elbow
  • Sports Medicine

Mark S. Box, MD

Mark S. Box

Kansas City, MO

  • Rheumatology
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Locations

Signature Orthopedics Fenton

Signature Orthopedics Fenton
1011 Bowles Avenue
Suite 100
Fenton, MO 63026
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314-849-0311

Signature Orthopedics Chesterfield

Signature Orthopedics Chesterfield
121 St. Luke’s Center Drive
Building A, Suite 302
Chesterfield, MO 63017
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314-849-0311

Signature Orthopedics South County

Signature Orthopedics South County
12639 Old Tesson Road
Suites 100 and 115
St. Louis, MO 63128
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314-849-0311

Carondelet Rheumatology

Carondelet Rheumatology
1010 Carondelet Dr
#224A
Kansas City, MO 64114
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913-563-6644

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic Lee’s Summit

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic Lee’s Summit
3151 NE Carnegie Drive
Suite B
Lee's Summit, MO 64064
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913-381-5225

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic

Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic
10701 Nall Avenue
Suite 200
Overland Park, KS 66211
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913-381-5225