orthopedics, sports medicine

Swollen joints may be a sign of bursitis

Are your joints sore and swollen? You may be suffering from bursitis.

A bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between a bone and other moving parts, such as muscles, tendons, or skin. Bursitis occurs when a bursa becomes inflamed. You can get bursitis by overusing a joint. It can also be caused by an injury.

Symptoms include pain, swelling, and stiffness. Common areas for bursitis include the knees, shoulders, elbows, and hips.

Treatment includes rest, pain medicines, or ice. If there is no improvement, your Signature Medical Group doctor may inject a drug into the area around the swollen bursa. If the joint still does not improve after 6 to 12 months, you may need surgery to repair damage and relieve pressure on the bursa.

At Signature Medical Group, our orthopedic specialists feature the latest treatment for bursitis. Make an appointment today and stop living with the pain.