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What Is Bursitis?

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In order for you to easily move your arms, hips, and joints, your body relies on certain cushioning structures that surround the joints to absorb any pressure and allow for fluid movement. If you develop a sudden injury or infection that damages the tissue surrounding your joint, you may begin to experience stiffness and pain in that area. Bursitis is one example of an orthopaedic condition that can inhibit your body’s joint movement.

Causes of Bursitis

Throughout your body, there are approximately 160 fluid-filled sacs called bursae, which cushion the space between your bones, tendons, and muscles. Each bursa is lined with synovial cells, which help your joints move fluidly by producing a friction-reducing lubricant. If you suffer from bursitis, one or more of your bursa have become inflamed, making it very difficult for you to move a particular region of your body. Bursitis is typically caused by either an infection in your body or a sudden injury that has irritated the tissues in a particular bursa.

Symptoms of Bursitis

There are bursae throughout many regions of your body, so bursitis can affect almost any area. Some of the most common places where bursitis develops include the shoulder, the elbow, the ankle, and the knee. Some symptoms you may develop due to bursitis include pain and swelling in the affected region and tenderness even when you aren’t moving that particular body part.

Treatment of Bursitis

If you begin to develop any of the painful symptoms associated with bursitis, you should schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor. During your appointment, your doctor can use an x-ray or MRI scan to eliminate the possibility that these symptoms are caused by a different medical condition. From there, he or she will be able to advise you on the best ways to help your bursa tissue heal.

To learn more about bursitis, schedule a visit to MK Orthopaedics. Our office focuses on helping individuals recover from sports-related injuries, sudden trauma, and hip problems. Call us at (815) 741-6900 to learn more about booking an appointment.