Painful joints aren't always due to arthritis – you could be suffering from bursitis, an inflammation of the cushioning sacs in your joints. If you have joint pain, experienced rheumatologist Kiren Sahni, DO, FACR, and his team at Sahni Rheumatology & Therapy can help. They provide a prompt diagnosis and expert treatment for patients suffering from bursitis at their offices in West Long Branch and Colonia, New Jersey. Call Sahni Rheumatology & Therapy today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment using the online tool.
Bursitis is a painful inflammation of the bursae — small fluid-filled sacs that sit between your bones and the overlying muscle, tendon, or skin.
It most often affects the:
Bursitis is sometimes confused with arthritis because they both cause joint pain.
As well as pain, bursitis causes swelling and tenderness around a joint. The pain worsens with movement and can make it hard to use the affected joint. If you have bursitis in an area like your hip (trochanteric bursitis), the pain might be considerable when you lay down.
Bursitis might develop slowly over weeks or months or occur suddenly. It can last for a few days or much longer, and while it typically improves with rest and treatment, bursitis can become a chronic problem.
Bursitis often develops as a result of sports injuries or making repetitive movements over a prolonged period. You're more likely to get bursitis if you have poor posture or gait (the way you walk), joint abnormalities, or problems like different length legs that put stress on your soft tissues.
Some forms of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gout, increase the likelihood of developing bursitis, as can metabolic disorders like diabetes.
Mild bursitis often resolves itself with self-care measures. Resting the joint and applying cold therapy helps reduce swelling and pain when your symptoms first start, but after 48 hours, heat treatments are usually more effective.
You should avoid activities that make your bursitis worse, but don't remain wholly immobile, or your joints can stiffen up. If you're overweight or obese, then losing weight relieves the pressure on the affected joint.
If your bursitis doesn't clear up after trying these approaches, the Sahni Rheumatology & Therapy team can help.
Treatment options for bursitis include:
Splints, braces, and other supportive devices can help you keep pressure off the affected area while the bursa heals.
Pain-relieving medications such as acetaminophen or an NSAID (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) like ibuprofen are often effective for relieving the discomfort of bursitis.
If over-the-counter medicines aren't sufficient, the Sahni Rheumatology & Therapy team can prescribe something stronger, or you might benefit from a steroid injection to reduce the inflammation.
Physical therapy might involve active exercises to help the tissues heal and maintain strength and flexibility. Passive treatments such as massage, manual therapy, and therapeutic ultrasound can also be beneficial.
If you have joint pain, get an accurate diagnosis and the right treatment by calling Sahni Rheumatology & Therapy today or book an appointment online.