What causes bursitis?
Anything that inflames the fluid-filled bursa can cause bursitis. The most common causes of bursitis are overuse and trauma, as might occur if, for example, you spend an entire day on your knees doing yard work. Other common causes include such medical conditions as arthritis or gout, which can lead to inflammation of the bursa as well. In rare instances, a bacterial infection can cause bursitis.
Causes of bursitis
Common causes of bursitis include:
- Gout (type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the joints)
- Other arthritis-related conditions
- Overuse of a joint
- Rheumatoid arthritis (chronic autoimmune disease characterized by joint inflammation)
- Trauma or injury
What are the risk factors for bursitis?
A number of factors increase the risk of developing bursitis. Not all people with risk factors will get bursitis. Risk factors for bursitis include:
- Participation in sports
- Working in awkward positions, such as doing yard work or tile installation on your hands and knees
What is bursitis?
Bursitis is the inflammation of a fluid-filled sac around a joint. The bursa helps tendons slide smoothly over and around bones, and when it is inflamed (bursitis), you may experience pain, swelling and stiffness in the affected joint.... Read more about bursitis introduction
What are the symptoms of bursitis?
Symptoms of bursitis include pain and swelling around a joint as well as limited motion. Symptoms can be severe and may come and go with activity or for no apparent reason.... Read more about bursitis symptoms
How is bursitis treated?
Bursitis has relatively few complications, but it can limit your mobility. Therefore, treatment is important so as not to restrict your activity. Bursitis can disappear on its own, but will often respond well to anti-inflammatory medications and a little rest. More severe cases and chronic cases of bursitis may require steroid injections. Symptoms may recur at a later time after successful treatment.... Read more about bursitis treatments