by Alexis Niemeyer

What is Bursitis?

Bursitis is a painful condition that effects the fluid-filled sacs, or bursae. In more simplified terms, bursitis occurs when the joints become inflamed. Bursitis usually occurs in joints that perform frequent motion.


The affected joint may:

  • Feel achy or stiff.
  • Hurt more when you move it or press on it.
  • Look swollen and red.

See a Doctor If You Have............

  • Disabling joint pain
  • Pain for more than one or two weeks
  • Excessive swelling, redness, bruising, or a rash in the affected area
  • Sharp or shooting pain
  • A fever


The main cause of bursitis is the repetitive motion that irritates the joint, such as:

  • Throwing a baseball
  • Leaning on your elbows for a long extended period of time.
  • Extensive kneeling
  • Prolonged sitting
Other causes include injury or trauma to the affected area, inflammatory arthritis, gout, and infection.


Treatment usually involves conservative measures such as rest, ice, and a pain reliever. If that doesn't work, other treatment include:

  • Medication
  • Therapy
  • Injections
  • Assistive device
  • Surgery

Famous People with Bursitis

John Cena
  • Cena developed bursitis on his left elbow, resulting from a tear in his tricep.
Tom Hanks
  • Elbow bursitis
Lady Gaga
  • Hip Labral tear resulting in bursitis.
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