Facts Describing The Types And Symptoms Of Bursitis

 By: Anne K West, Ph.D.
Bursitis is unpleasant inflammation or irritation of the bursa. The bursa is a flexible sac filled with fluid that covers and pads the movement between bones, tendons and muscles near joints. Bursitis can develop due to an injury, infection, chronic overuse of a joint, trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout.

General Bursitis Symptoms:

Individuals in distress from bursitis usually feel soreness and sensitivity around the affected joint or tendon. The bursae sacs may expand making movement of the affected joint challenging. The joints most commonly impacted by bursitis are: *shoulder *elbow *wrist *hand *knee *foot

At this time we will discuss symptoms of different kind of bursitis:

Shoulder Bursitis:

The subdeltoid bursa sets apart the supraspinatus tendon from the overlying bone and deltoid muscle. When this bursa gets inflamed due to an injury, it causes pain in the side or front portion of the shoulder.

Symptoms of Shoulder Bursitis:

Restrained mobility Localized tenderness Redness and inflammation in affected areas Increased pain at night

Elbow Bursitis:

One of the most frequent types of bursitis is Elbow Bursitis (Olecranon bursitis). This bursitis is caused by the inflammation of bursa in the elbow area. The elbow is susceptible to bursitis as a result of recurring exposure to direct trauma or frequent motions from twisting and extending the elbow.

Symptoms of Elbow Bursitis:

discomfort around the back of the elbow Swelling directly over the bony prominence of the tip of the elbow Slightly limited motion of the elbow

Knee Bursitis:

Kneecap (prepatellar) bursitis occurs on the front portion of the kneecap. This is usually linked with either chronic trauma or an acute strike to the knee.

Symptoms of Knee Bursitis:

Swelling on the kneecap may occur as late as 7-10 days after a single blow to the region. considerable pain when kneeling Stiffness and pain with walking.

Ankle Bursitis:

Ankle bursitis (Retrocalcaneal bursitis) comes about when the bursa next to the Achilles tendon in the ankle becomes swollen. This bursitis is generally caused by wearing incorrectly designed shoes (often high heels) or lengthy walking. It is common in young athletes, ice skaters, and women that usually wear high heels.
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