Bursitis and Tendinitis
What is Bursitis or Tendinitis?
Bursas are small fluid filled sacs that protect and cushion nearby tissues as they rub over a bone. Tendons are strong bands of tissues that connect muscles to bones. Bursitis and Tendinitis occur when these tissues become irritated or inflamed and most commonly affect the shoulders, elbows, and hips.
What are the symptoms of Bursitis or Tendinitis?
Inflammation of tendons or bursae seen in Tendonitis or Bursitis can lead to pain and occasionally swelling near but not in the joint.
How is Bursitis or Tendinitis diagnosed?
Bursitis and Tendinitis are diagnosed principally through the symptoms, which are obtain during a history and signs which are elicited through a thorough physical exam. There are some x-rays or other advanced imaging modalities that can be helpful in the diagnosis of these conditions.
What treatments are available for Bursitis or Tendinitis?
Bursitis and Tendinitis are typically treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Therapeutic Injections as well as Physical and Occupational Therapy.