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Bursitis

Have you noticed you're feeling achy or stiffness in the joints of your shoulder, elbow or hip? Does it hurt more often when you move it or press on it or does it look swollen or red? If so, it's possible you might be experiencing symptoms of bursitis.

What is Bursitis?

Bursitis (bur-SY-tis) is a painful condition that affects the small, fluid-filled sacs - called bursae (bur-SEE) - that cushions the bones, tendons and muscles near your joints and occurs when the bursae become inflamed.

It often occurs near joints that perform frequent repetitive motion like your shoulder, elbow or hip but you can also experience it near your knee, heel and at the base of your big toe.

Causes

Repetitive motions and/or positions that put pressure on the bursae are the most common causes of bursitis. Activities such as, extensive kneeling for gardening, leaning on your elbows for extended periods of time and throwing a baseball are common culprits.

Who can develop Bursitis?

I'm glad you asked! Anyone can develop bursitis but some higher risk factors like aging, hobbies or an occupation with repetitive motions and/or habits and other medical conditions, such as, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and diabetes may heighten your risk.

Treatment

Don't worry, most common cases of bursitis are treated with rest and avoidance of activities that may further inflammation. However, if you experience any of these symptoms, it may be time to give us a call and allow us to take a peek: disabling joint pain, sudden inability to move joint, excessive swelling, redness or rash development around joint, a sharp or shooting pain in the joint and/or fever.

Athens Orthopedic Clinic offers same day appointments in most locations and can conveniently be requested at AthensOrthopedicClinic.com or an easy call to 706-549-1663. Difficult to break away during the day? No worries - we offer after hours care in Athens and Loganville with walk-in availability. Hours of operation and directions can be found at AOCUrgentCare.com.