Breaking Down Bursitis

Back pain. Achy muscles. Cramps. Before you chalk these symptoms up to old age, consider if your pain may be caused by something else – bursitis.

Bursitis occurs when the small fluid-filled sacs, called bursae, which cushion bones, tendons, and muscles near your joints become inflamed. Bursitis occurs most commonly in the shoulder, elbow, or hip. It often occurs near joints that perform repetitive motion frequently.

  • Aches or stiffness
  • Pain during movement or pressure
  • Swelling and redness

Bursitis can be treated through rest, heat and cold, and stretches. See a doctor if the pain is excessive or doesn’t go away. Bursitis can be recurring – here’s how to prevent flare-ups.

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Lift heavy loads properly
  • Exercise regularly
  • Warm up and stretch before strenuous activity

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