Bursitis occurs most often at joints that perform frequent repetitive motion.

Symptoms include pain, swelling, and stiffness. Common areas include the knees, shoulders, elbows, and hips.

Treatment includes rest, ice, and pain relievers. Surgery is rarely needed.

Inflammation of the fluid-filled pads (bursae) that act as cushions at the joints.
  • bursa inflammation
  • joint inflammation

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources:  Mayo Clinic and others.

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Cases per year

More than 200,000 US cases per year

Treatable by a medical professional

Requires a medical diagnosis

Lab tests or imaging rarely required

Medium-term: resolves within months

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