Bursitis

  • Inflammation of a joint most often affecting the shoulder, knee, hip or elbow
  • Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling and redness with decreased mobility
  • Cause may be due to conditions such as an infection, trauma and repetitive use
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in athletes especially runners
  • Can occur at any age
  • May be mild to severe and disabling
  • May be life threatening if the infection is left untreated

  • Rest and immobilize the affected area
  • Apply ice for 20 minutes several times a day to reduce swelling
  • Strengthen muscles to help protect joints
  • Limit the time doing repetitive tasks
  • Avoid shoes that do not fit properly
  • Avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time
  • Provide cushion for joints when kneeling or resting elbows on hard surfaces

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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