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A bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between a bone and other moving parts, such as muscles, tendons, or skin. Bursitis occurs when a bursa becomes inflamed. People get bursitis by overusing a joint. It can also be caused by an injury. It usually occurs at the knee or elbow. Kneeling or leaning your elbows on a hard surface for a long time can make bursitis start. Doing the same kinds of movements every day or putting stress on joints increases your risk.

Symptoms of bursitis include pain and swelling. Your doctor will diagnose bursitis with a physical exam and tests such as x-rays and MRIs. He or she may also take fluid from the swollen area to be sure the problem isn't an infection.

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  1. Bursitis (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... moving parts, such as muscles, tendons, or skin. Bursitis occurs when a bursa becomes inflamed. People get bursitis by overusing a joint. It can also be ...
  2. Insertional heel pain; Retrocalcaneal bursitis ... is usually linked to Achilles tendinitis . Sometimes retrocalcaneal bursitis may be mistaken for Achilles tendinitis. Risks for ...
  3. Bursitis and Tendinitis From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)  
    Bursitis and Tendinitis June 2013 Questions and Answers about Bursitis and Tendinitis This publication contains general information about ... to discuss them with your doctor. What Is Bursitis and What Is Tendinitis? Bursitis and tendinitis are ...
  4. Tendinitis and Bursitis (American College of Rheumatology)  
    ... often very tender to the touch. What is bursitis? Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa. This small ... painful, even during rest. What causes tendinitis and bursitis? Tendinitis can occur from a sudden intense injury. ...
  5. What Are Bursitis and Tendinitis? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)  
    Bursitis and Tendinitis PDF Version Size: 78 KB Reviewed April 2011 What Are Bursitis and Tendinitis? Fast Facts: An Easy-to-Read ... into the upper arm or forearm. Shoulder Tendinitis, Bursitis, and Impingement Syndrome Two types of tendinitis can ...
  6. Bursitis (Nemours Foundation)  
    ... informed him he had shoulder bursitis. What Is Bursitis? From your head down to your big toes, ... that's shorter than the other. Continue Where Does Bursitis Occur? Bursitis, especially in teens, is often likely ...
  7. ... Septic bursitis Subacromial bursitis Trochanteric bursitis Patient information: Bursitis (Beyond the Basics) Author Robert P Sheon, MD ...
  8. What Are Bursitis and Tendinitis? From the National Institutes of Health Easy-to-Read (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) - PDF  
    ... niams.nih.gov 1 April 2011 What Are Bursitis and Tendinitis? Fast Facts: An Easy-to-Read ... into the upper arm or forearm. Shoulder Tendinitis, Bursitis, and Impingement Syndrome Two types of tendinitis can ...
  9. Elbow (Olecranon) Bursitis (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) - PDF  
    ... the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Elbow (Olecranon) Bursitis Bursae are thin, slippery sacs located throughout the ... fl uid will accumulate in the bursa and bursitis will develop. Cause Elbow bursitis can occur for ...
  10. Bursitis of the Hip (American Academy of Family Physicians)  
    MENU Return to Web version Bursitis of the Hip Overview What is bursitis? Bursitis (say: “burse-eye-tiss”) is the painful swelling of bursae. Bursae are fluid- ...
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