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Bursitis

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Bursitis is a condition that occurs when a bursa (small fluid-filled sac) becomes inflamed.

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Treatment for bursitis aims to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and improve joint function. The following are common treatments for bursitis:

  1. Rest and Immobilization: Avoiding activities that put stress on the affected joint and using crutches or a brace to support it can help reduce pain and swelling.

  2. Pain Relief Medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen, can help relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

  3. Physical Therapy: A physical therapist can teach exercises to improve joint mobility and strength, which can help prevent future bursitis episodes.

  4. Cortisone Injections: Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication that can be injected directly into the affected bursa to reduce pain and swelling.

  5. Surgery: In rare cases, surgery may be required to remove the inflamed bursa or to repair any underlying damage to the joint.

It is important to follow the advice of a healthcare professional for the best treatment plan for bursitis, as well as to prevent recurrence of the condition.