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What is Bursitis?

21:53 - 4 May , 2021


It is an inflammatory and painful condition that affects the fluid-filled sac (bursa) that cushions the bones, tendons, and muscles. It often occurs on the shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, heels, and the base of the big toe. 

Potential causes and risks:

Bursitis can be caused by injuries caused by repetitive movements in joints, constant and excessive pressure on them, muscle loads, blows, injuries, or conditions related to diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid disorders. 

The potential risks of bursitis increase with age, if you are overweight, have a sedentary lifestyle, or perform professional activities that involve repeated movements or pressure on a specific bursa.

Signs and symptoms Bursitis

  • Severe pain in the affected joint.
  • Reddened skin.
  • Fever.
  • Inflammation.
  • Warmth sensation.
  • Stiffness.

It is recommended that you avoid activities that involve repetitive movements of any part of the body.

Diagnosis and treatment Bursitis

Your doctor will perform a physical examination of the affected areas to determine the degree of inflammation, stiffness, and pain, in addition to requesting laboratory studies, ultrasound, extraction of fluid from the bursa, and an MRI.

In addition to painkillers and anti-inflammatories, your doctor will recommend physical therapy sessions, exercises to increase strength and keep the joint moving as the pain subsides, as well as the use of a brace to support the joint and reduce inflammation.

At the Orthopedics and Traumatology Center we seek to improve the lives of patients restricted or immobilized by musculoskeletal disorders or injuries. We specialize in the care of the locomotor system by integrating the latest medical, biological, and technological advances, in strict adherence to the highest international standards of patient care.

We put our skills and knowledge at your service to provide you and your loved ones with cutting-edge treatments and highly specialized medical care in the following procedures:

  • Arthroscopic surgery.
  • Partial and total joint replacement surgery (prostheses).
  • Trauma surgery.
  • Hand surgery. 
  • Foot and ankle surgery.
  • Spinal surgery.

We treat injuries such as:

  • Dislocation.
  • Chronic bone and joint diseases.
  • Ligaments.
  • Spinal diseases.
  • Joint replacements.


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