What is Bursitis?

Question

What is bursitis? What causes it? How is it teated?

Answer

Bursitis is an inflamation of a sac of fluid called a bursae.  This fluid is used as a cushion between bones, tendons and muscles.  The sac can become swollen and painful, especially after something repetitive mpvements.  Bursitis can be common in people with rheumatid arthritis.  Rest, ice to the area, and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medications are commonlly used to treat bursitis.  If the bursitis becomes too bothersome,  an injection of corticosteroids may be needed.

Victoria Ruffing, RN

About Victoria Ruffing, RN

Ms. Ruffing has been a member of the Arthritis Center since 2000, currently serving as the Nurse Manager. She is a critical member of our patient care team.