FAQ’s about bursitis

Bursitis is one of the most common conditions we treat at Desio Sports Medicine. We work directly with patients to ensure they have the best possible care for their body to function at its best. When problems such as bursitis occurs, it can become painful and impact one’s quality of life. With a proper diagnosis, many patients can find effective treatments to address this condition.

What is bursitis?

Bursitis is when the fluid-filled sacs surrounding bones and muscle become inflamed. This can be caused by swelling and irritation. Bursitis is the medical term for this condition, which can occur around any areas of the body, commonly the:

  • Knees
  • Elbows
  • Shoulders
  • Hips
  • Achilles tendon
  • Feet

What causes bursitis?

Bursitis can be caused by many different issues, including:

  • Injury/trauma
  • Obesity
  • Increased activity levels
  • Kneeling or leaning for long periods of time
  • Repetitive motions

What are the symptoms of bursitis?

The symptoms of bursitis may vary depending on the area impacted and the severity of the inflammation. Some patients will see a bubble (or the bursa) protruding from the joint area, or may experience pain, either shooting, stabbing, or throbbing. Achiness in the affected area is often a common complaint as well.

What are the treatment options for bursitis?

Once patients have received a proper diagnosis of bursitis, they can work with Dr. Stephen M. Desio to determine the best treatment option for their condition. Treatments for bursitis may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Evaluation for infection/antibiotics
  • Drainage of extra fluid from the bursa
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Rest with ice and medication
  • Surgical removal of the bursa

Do you have more questions about bursitis?

Speaking to a sports medicine professional is a smart decision if you are concerned about this condition. Dr. Stephen M. Desio and his team at Desio Sports Medicine work directly with patients to help them understand the conditions that may impact their overall health and function. If you believe you may have bursitis, an evaluation is in order. Call Desio Sports Medicine at (508) 363-6363 to request an appointment with our staff at 123 Summer Street, Suite 520 in Worcester, MA. We invite new and current patients into our state-of-the art practice for the diagnosis and treatment of many sports medicine conditions.

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123 Summer St.
Suite 520
Worcester, MA 01608

Tel: 508.363.6363

123 Summer St. Suite 520, Worcester, MA 01608 508.363.6363