Bursitis, or inflammation of the bursa, is a common joint problem which can cause severe pain and limit mobility. There are many triggers for this condition, from injuries to arthritis, creating irritation on the bursa in the shoulder, knee, elbow or other joints. Mild bursitis is generally treated through rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medications; however, severe bursitis may require more in-depth medical intervention.
Treating Severe Bursitis
Bursitis is most common in older adults, usually above the age of forty. Aging does affect the joints, weakening tendons and causing degeneration, making it more likely for bursitis to occur. However, bursitis can affect people of any age, especially those who are very active or are victim to a severe accident or injury. Once the bursa is irritated or inflamed, the pain can persist for months, even years, if not treated.
If you have been diagnosed with bursitis and the traditional methods of treatment are not improving your condition, you may need to investigate additional medical options. Orthopedic physicians specializing in sports injuries or joint conditions can offer relief from painful, severe bursitis. One option is a bursa injection, which involves injecting anti-inflammatory medication into the affected joint. For many, one injection can give relief from the pain and increase mobility. This is an outpatient procedure which can be repeated if the condition returns.
For those suffering from bursitis, the condition can affect their ability to perform their job, enjoy activities and cause frustrating pain. If you are one of these people, it may be time to consult an orthopedic physician to see if a bursa injection or other treatments can help improve your condition and your quality of life.
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Ortho Sport and Spine Physicians
5730 Glenridge Drive Northeast #230
Atlanta, GA 30328