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Bursa are small, fluid-filled sacs lubricate and cushion pressure points between the bones and the tendons and muscles near the joints. They help the joints move with ease. Bursitis occurs when a bursa becomes inflamed. When inflammation occurs, movement or pressure is painful.  Bursitis often affects the joints in shoulders, elbows or hips.


Symptoms may include:


  • dull ache or stiffness in the area around the elbow, hip, knee, big toe or other joints
  • worsening of pain with movement or pressure
  • area that feels swollen or warm to the touch

Causes may include:



Treatment may include:


  • resting and immobilizing the affected area
  • ice to reduce swelling  medication
  • physical therapy
  • rheumatology

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