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.
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.
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.
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