Bursae are small sacs of fluid that form around your joints and provide cushioning that reduces friction between bones and tendons. When one of these sacs becomes swollen and inflamed, the resulting condition is called bursitis. This condition typically develops in the knee, hip, shoulder or elbow, and the pain can be intense. Bursitis is most often caused by repetitive, minor impact on the area or by a sudden, more serious injury. Age also plays a role. As tendons age, they are less able to tolerate stress, are less elastic, and are more prone to tearing. Certain remedies for bursitis may be easily accessible and worth giving a shot.
Padding your joints that are affected by bursitis will dramatically reduce your chances of worsening the injury. Knee and elbow pads are particularly useful, and they don't interfere too much with normal functionality. You can also further reduce pressure on some bursitis sites by using a cane when walking.
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