Bursitis is a term used to describe a painful and debilitating condition where a structure called a bursa becomes inflamed due to a number of reasons. Bursa are sac-like structures found throughout the body, normally where tendons attach to bone. The purpose of the bursa is to reduce friction at the joint, allowing movement to be smooth and pain-free. 

Common sites of bursitis are

  • shoulder - subacromial bursitis

  • elbow - olecranon bursitis

  • knee - suprapatella & infrapatella bursitis

  • ankle - retrcocalcaneal bursitis

  • hip - trochanteric & gluteal bursitis

Often, bursitis occurs in conjunction with other problems, such as shoulder impingement and gluteal tendinopathy. As such, treatment for bursitis will often address the wider area. 

Symptoms of bursitis are normally pain in the area, reduced movement in the limb,  & difficulty sleeping on the affected area. Self management techniques include include adequate medication including anti-inflammatories, ice or heat, & rest. Treatments here at Delta include injections, electrotherapy, advice/education, home exercises. 

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*The information on this page is not a substitute for medical advice and we advise people to seek help for any complaint from one of our physiotherapists or other suitably qualified clinician.