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Bursitis a common cause of painful hips, knees, heels and elbows
Date:6/7/2011

ed. This type of bursitis is typically associated with overuse and is especially common in runners, especially those who regularly train on inclines.

All types of bursitis often can be successfully managed non-surgically, and possible treatments include:

  • use of ice packs or compressive dressings;
  • activity modification that may reduce stress or irritation;
  • administration of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or antibiotics;
  • corticosteroid injections (knee and elbow);
  • stretching exercises; and/or
  • change of footwear (heel).

Surgery may be required in patients whose symptoms remain following these treatments and in certain situations when infection is involved.

Dr. Aaron said in most cases, the best way to prevent bursitis is to vary physical activity, avoiding repetitive activities that may increase stress and trauma on the joints. Padding surrounding the knee or elbow joints may help prevent repetitive trauma which could lead to bursitis in those areas. Finally, losing extra weight which may be causing stress on joints, particularly of the hips and knees, is also recommended.

"By recognizing the presence of bursitis and determining whether or not infection is involved, clinicians can identify the best mode of treatment which will resolve symptoms and help the patient regain mobility," Dr. Aaron said.


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Contact: Lauren Pearson
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847-384-4031
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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