A bursa is a fluid-filled sack, positioned over a joint and under the skin, which provides a protective layer between your bones and tendons. Bursitis is when this becomes inflamed, restricting the natural movement of that joint until the friction between the tendons and the bursa causes more irritation resulting in inflammation.
Symptoms of Bursitis
- Pulses of pain
- Stiffness in the joints
Diagnosis of Bursitis
One of our Consultants will take an initial fluid sample know as ‘aspiration’ to test the level of bacteria present in the bursa. This will determine any underlying conditions causing the inflammation. If the doctor decides that further testing is necessary they may send you to our imaging department for an MRI or X-Ray scan, or to our pathology department for a blood test.
Treatment of Bursitis
- If a bursa is found to be not infected then we may refer you on to one of our physiotherapists who will recommend massage therapy techniques as well as plenty of rest, ice and elevation.
- If a bursa is found to be infected you may be prescribed a course of antibiotics. If this treatment isn’t proven to be effective, they may suggest a Bursectomy (surgical removal of the bursa).
Our team provide a rapid access service and can sometimes provide same day appointments. Contact our Unit Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out the first available appointment.