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Bursitis: As Painful As Arthritis

Bursitis is inflammation and swelling of the lubricating sacs which cushion the muscles and tendons surrounding a joint. This inflammation may occur after improper exercise warm-up or heavy activity. The pain may go away on its own in days or weeks. Occasionally, a chronic problem lasting months may result after a repeated injury. Parts of the body commonly involved include the shoulders, lower back, hips and knees. Most people with bursitis have severe pain. This discomfort may be so intense that it is often confused with arthritis. Unlike arthritis, which usually affects many joints, bursitis usually affects one joint. Occasionally, the area is so painful that movement is difficult.

Since many disorders can result in pain, a proper diagnosis is important prior to beginning therapy. The treatment program outlined should be designed to meet the needs of the individual patient. Rest to the injured area is very important, as are gentle exercises. Both ice and heat may also be recommended. Medications which reduce pain and inflammation are also very helpful. If the pain persists, an injection into the painful area with medication will reduce the inflammation. This often dramatically improves the bursitis.

 


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