What is Bursitis?
According to WEBMD, “Bursitis is the inflammation or irritation of the bursa. The bursa is a sac filled with lubricating fluid, located between tissues such as bone, muscle, tendons, and skin, that decreases rubbing, friction, and irritation.” In short, this inflammation begins when the synovial lining within the joints becomes inflamed and swollen, causing an abundance of fluid in the affected area.
How is Bursitis diagnosed?
Doctors can usually diagnose bursitis non-intrusively through a medical history analysis and a physical exam. If testing is needed, that usually inclused X-ray imaging tests and/or blood tests to pinpoint the cause of the discomfort
Luckily, Bursitis generally heals on its own, but there are certain measures that you can take to accelerate the healing process.
- Don’t overuse the affected area. Make sure you rest up!
- Within 48 hours of the initial symptoms, apply ice or a cold press to reduce swelling
- Try a warm bath, or apply heat via a heating pad
- Ibuprofen may help you reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
If you are concerned that you are suffering from Bursitis, do not hesitate to visit a doctor who specializes in joint disorders, such as a rheumatologist.