Bursitis

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Bursitis is inflammation of the fluid-filled pads that act as cushions at the joint. Dr. Edward Hill discusses bursitis in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Bursitis is a swelling of a bursa. A bursa is a small sac that is just below the skin. These sacs are filled with fluid. They are located behind the bony point of an elbow, in front of the kneecap and behind the heel bone.

Too much rubbing and pressure on a bursa can cause it to get irritated and swell. People with certain conditions, such as gout, rheumatoid arthritis or chronic kidney disease are more likely to get bursitis.

Symptoms include swelling and pain in a bursa. This may limit the motion of your elbow, knee or ankle.

Treatment can include:

Avoiding activities that can cause rubbing or pressure and pain around the bursa

Wearing well-fitted shoes for heel bursitis and

Taking pain medicines such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen

Your doctor may remove extra fluid from the bursa with a needle or use antibiotics to treat an infection.

In rare cases, you might need to be in the hospital or have surgery.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.