Bursitis is a painful condition that involves inflammation of one or more bursae. The bursae are small sacs of synovial fluid that cushion bones, tendons and muscles in the joint areas to promote smooth, frictionless movement. Though bursitis is not life-threatening, it causes discomfort and may impede daily functioning. Typical treatment involves resting the affected area, and medication. If the problem becomes severe, surgery may be required. To prevent aggravating the condition, be aware of the following symptoms of bursitis.
Those with bursitis experience pain in the area of the bursae inflammation. The most common sites for bursitis are the shoulder, hip, and elbow. The knee, heel, and shin may also be affected. The pain is usually a dull ache that gets exacerbated when you exert the related body part. Over-the-counter painkillers can help relieve the pain, typically over the course of a few weeks.
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