Bursitis

Bursitis is when the fluid-filled sac (bursa) that covers and protects a joint gets puffy and irritated. The elbow, shoulder, hip, and knee joints are most often affected.

HOME CARE

  • Put ice on the area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Put the joint through a full range of motion 4 times a day. Rest the injured joint at other times. When you have less pain, begin slow movements and usual activities.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Follow up with your doctor. Any delay in care could stop the bursitis from healing. This could cause long-term pain.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have more pain with treatment.

  • You have a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • You have heat and irritation over the fluid-filled sac.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.