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What the Heck is Bursitis Anyway?

Bursitis in the kneeHave you recently been in a car accident? Are you experiencing the following persistent symptoms in your shoulder, elbow, hip, or knee?

  • Inflammation including pain and swelling in or near the joint, especially during stretching or any activity that extends the joint to its limits
  • Restricted or lost range of motion in the affected area
  • Muscle weakness due to pain

These symptoms may indicate that you have bursitis. Bursitis is the inflammation or irritation of a bursa—one of the fluid-filled sacs located between bones, muscles, tendons, and skin that serve to decrease rubbing between these body tissues. Bursitis can occur in any of the 160 bursae in the body, but it is most commonly found in the major joints of the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee.

Bursitis is usually the result of repetitive movement that overuses the joint, but it can also be caused by sudden—even minor—impact to the area. So, if you banged your knee or bumped your shoulder in that car accident and the injury just doesn’t seem to be getting better, it is important for you to be evaluated by a professional as soon as possible. Though bursitis can be reversed with proper care and treatment, it can take months to heal properly, and complications—such as accumulation of excessive scar tissue—can cause the condition to become chronic.

At Accident and Injury, since all we do is treat injuries caused by auto accidents, we know how to diagnose your condition quickly and are able to offer you a number of solutions to be sure your healing begins right away. We can help you avoid complications or deal with the ones you may already have to keep your condition from becoming chronic. Let the caring professionals at Accident and Injury help you feel great again!