Bursitis is a painful condition that can occur in the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow or heel. It develops when the small, fluid-filled sacs called bursae, located behind different joints, become inflamed. These sacs are positioned between the bones and soft tissues, acting as cushions that help reduce friction that leads to inflammation. When these sacs are irritated, sharp and intense pain may result.
Common treatments include:
Non-surgical treatment can often provide relief from bursitis and may include:
- Activity modification
- Anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, naproxen, or others prescription pain medications
- Assistive devices like walkers or crutches
- RICE – rest, ice, compression, elevation
- Physical therapy
- Steroid injections
In some cases, inflamed or infected bursa must be surgical drained, but surgical removal is rarely necessary.
Why Choose NGPG?
Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Sports Medicine provides expert care by a team of trusted and experience orthopedic doctors and specialists. Using the most advanced technology to diagnose and treat your concern, we offer effective and minimally invasive options to help you feel better faster and get back to your normal activities.