Bursitis does not have to change your routine and stop you from doing the repetitive movements you need to do to do what you love
Bursitis is a painful condition that affects the small, fluid-filled sacs called bursae, that cushion the bones, tendons, and muscles near your joints. Bursitis occurs when bursae become inflamed. The most common locations for bursitis are in the shoulder, elbow and hip. You can also have bursitis by your knee, heel and the base of your big toe.
Bursitis often occurs near joints that perform frequent repetitive motion. Recurrent flare-ups of bursitis are common.
If you have bursitis, the affected joint might:
- Feel achy or stiff
- Hurt more when you move it or press on it
- Look swollen and red
The most common causes of bursitis are repetitive motions or positions that put pressure on the bursae around a joint.
- Throwing a baseball or lifting something over your head repeatedly
- Leaning on your elbows for long periods
- Extensive kneeling for tasks such as laying carpet or scrubbing floors
- Injury or trauma to the affected area,
- Inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout
Posterior Achilles Tendon Bursitis, also called Haglund Deformity, is in the bursa located between the skin of the heel and the Achilles tendon. This attaches the calf muscles to the heel. It is aggravated by a type of walking that presses the soft heel tissue into the hardback support of a shoe.
Hip Bursitis, also called Trochanteric Bursitis, is often the result of injury, overuse, spinal abnormalities, arthritis, or surgery. This type of bursitis is more common in women and middle-aged and older people.
Elbow Bursitis is caused by the inflammation of the bursa located between the skin and bones of the elbow (the olecranon bursa). Elbow bursitis can be caused by injury or constant pressure on the elbow (for example, when leaning on a hard surface).
Knee Bursitis, also called goosefoot bursitis or Pes Anserine Bursitis. The Pes Anserine bursa is located between the shinbone and the three tendons of the hamstring muscles, on the inside of the knee. This type of bursitis may be caused by a lack of stretching before exercise, tight hamstring muscles, being overweight, arthritis, or out-turning of the knee or lower leg.
Kneecap Bursitis, also called Prepatellar Bursitis, this type of bursitis is common in people who are on their knees a lot, such as carpet layers and plumbers.