Bursitis

Between the bones and soft tissues all throughout the human body, small fluid-filled sacs known as “Bursae” cushion impacts and help your body parts glide smoothly when moving.

If these Bursae suffer from inflammation or irritation, physicians call this condition “Bursitis”.

The subacromial bursae in the shoulder help lubricate the rotator cuff, and commonly suffer from this condition. Patients suffering from subacromial bursitis may feel stiffness and pain in the shoulder, as well as swelling, redness, soreness, which can cause difficulty sleeping.

Patients with Subacromial Bursitis will experience an intense pain in the shoulder that worsens the more they move. Physicians recommend seeking treatment at the first opportunity to prevent joint problems in the long-term.

Advanced Bursitis can completely immobilize the shoulder, leading to a condition known as frozen shoulder.”

In the hips sit two major bursae that commonly suffer from bursitis, The Greater Trochanter and the Iliopsoas.The Greater Trochanter covers the bony tip of the hips, while the Iliopsoas bursa sits on the inside of the hip towards the groin. The Iliopsoas bursa suffers from bursitis much less often than the Greater Trochanter, but treatment of the bursitis mostly remains the same.

Steroidal medication injected into a painful joint space can help soothe pain in joints affected by bursae. Injecting corticosteroids into a painful joint will not provide permanent relief on its own,  it can dramatically reduce inflammation and pain. The effects can last anywhere between 1 week to 1 year. Injections for joint pain are usually one of the steps taken before resorting to surgery. In some patients, steroid injections can reduce pain to the point where patients are able to participate in Physical Therapy, which in turn can strengthen the surrounding muscles and eliminate the need for further treatment.

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