Physical Therapy – Bursitis

Bursae are small fluid-filled sac-like structures that allow tendons to glide over bones or under the skin to facilitate movement. These structures provide a low-friction surface for tendons to move without getting irritated. Bursitis occurs when the bursa is irritated due to trauma, overuse, infection, or systemic disorders like arthritis.


  • Affected area may be red or warm
  • End-range of motion will be restricted moderately
  • Tenderness at the location of the injury


  • Rest and protection following the injury
  • Draining of the bursa by a physician if necessary
  • Cortisone injection to limit inflammation and create a permanent solution to the injury if necessary
  • Anti-inflammatory medication may be prescribed if necessary
  • Surgery if the bursitis does not respond to other treatment options

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