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Things to Know About Bursitis

Bursitis is an inflammatory condition that can affect multiple areas of the body. Though a fairly common condition, many people are not aware of the causes, symptoms, or treatment options for bursitis. What causes the condition? What are some of the best treatment options for bursitis? Get up to speed by reading these fast facts about the condition.

Susan Baker, MD, is Board certified in rheumatology and internal medicine. She specializes in provides her Beverly Hills patients with effective treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and disorders. If you are suffering from bursitis, please contact Dr. Baker today by calling (310) 274-7770.

Whether you are suffering from bursitis or are simply curious, these fast facts can give you a better idea of what causes the condition, what its symptoms are, and the best options for treatment.

What causes bursitis?

A bursa is a small fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between joints, muscles, and tendons in the body. Bursitis occurs when patients overuse a joint, or if it’s injured by direct trauma, causing injury and inflammation to the bursa sac. Repetitive movements (such as leaning on an elbow or kneeling) can also cause bursitis.

Where does bursitis occur?

Bursitis can affect the bursa in any part of the body. Most commonly, bursitis occurs within the elbow, shoulder, hip, or knee.

What are the symptoms of bursitis?

The most common symptom of bursitis is pain. Depending on the severity of a patient’s specific case, the pain may be dull and minimal or sudden and severe. A reduced range of motion is another symptom of bursitis.

Who gets bursitis?

Bursitis is a condition that can affect people of any age or gender. Generally, however, individuals over the age of 40 are most commonly affected.

How is bursitis treated?

Bursitis can be treated in a variety of ways, including:
Corticosteroids are another treatment option for bursitis. When injected directly at the site of injury, corticosteroids can help patients alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with bursitis.

How can bursitis be prevented?

Stretching before exercising, taking frequent breaks while performing repetitive tasks, good posture, and proper body positioning while performing repetitive tasks are all ways that patients can lower their risk of bursitis. If you work at a job that requires you to be on your knees for long periods of time (tile layer, gardener), wearing protective coverings like kneepads can help prevent bursitis from forming.

Who can treat bursitis?

Rheumatologists specialize in treating bursitis. With proper diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Baker can help patients return to a life free of bursitis discomfort.

Contact Dr. Baker Today

If you suffer from bursitis or any other musculoskeletal condition, please contact Beverly Hills rheumatologist Dr. Susan Baker. Bursitis is a common condition that can be easily treated, provided that patients take the first step in seeking treatment. Call (310) 274-7770 today to schedule a consultation!

Next, learn about the 5 common conditions rheumatologists treat in Los Angeles

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