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What Is Bursitis?

Bursitis occurs when fluid-filled sacs known as bursae become inflamed. The bursae cushions your muscles, tendons, and bones near the joints. Shoulders and elbows are common sites for bursitis flare ups, but they can occur at almost any area of the body where repetitive movement occurs.

The pain from bursitis — especially with movement — can be severe and extremely debilitating. However, you don’t have to take bursitis pain lying down. The experienced professionals at Hudson Valley Spine and Pain offer multiple solutions to reduce your pain, enhance your quality of life, and improve your holistic health. Continue reading to learn more about bursitis.

What Are Bursitis Symptoms?

There are many conditions that can cause joint and muscle pain, such as arthritis or injury. Bursitis produces a similar pain. As a result, it’s necessary to receive a diagnosis from a doctor to be certain that the pain is from bursitis and not a similar condition.

While these symptoms may not be exclusive to bursitis, sufferers from the condition may experience:

  • Aching or stiffness
  • Pain with movement or touch
  • Swelling and redness
  • Fever
  • Loss of range of motion or inability to move a joint
  • Shooting or disabling pain with movement

These symptoms can significantly hamper your mobility and negatively impact your quality of life. The pain and loss of mobility can make even the simplest daily tasks seem like terrifying challenges. Our treatment options can help reduce or end the pain and get you back to the life and mobility you enjoy.

What Causes Bursitis?

Repetitive motion is almost always the culprit in the development of bursitis. Utilizing proper techniques when exercising or engaging in tasks that require frequent, repeated movements is essential in the prevention of bursitis. However, once it has occurred, rest is necessary.

Other conditions which may increase the likelihood of bursitis include:

  • Age – The body slowly becomes less flexible and more prone to bursitis with age
  • Occupation – Demanding physical labor can raise the risk of bursitis
  • Medical problems like arthritis, gout, or diabetes


Contact Hudson Valley Spine and Pain

Unfortunately for many people, simply resting the affected area doesn’t always improve bursitis. And if this explains your condition, the experts at Hudson Valley Spine and Pain offer multiple treatments designed to restore your movement and ease the pain.

In addition, we’ll work closely with you to address your holistic health — focusing on the lifestyle choices that may contribute to your bursitis. At Hudson Valley Spine and Pain, we want to help you return to the life you deserve.