Bursitis - housemaid's knee
Bursitis causes pain,inflammation and tenderness in the affected area of the body.
The severity of bursitis depends on howinflamed the bursa is.It can cause swelling and stiffness and the affected area may also be warm and red.
The pain of bursitis usually feels like a dullache made worse by movement or pressure. Supporting your bodyweightmay be painful. For example, if you have bursitis in your hip, youmay find it difficultto lie on the affected side.
Septic bursitis is bursitis caused by infection.This can causeadditional symptoms, such as:
See your GP if you have symptoms of bursitis and a fever as it's likelyyou have an infection.
Otherwise,see your GP if your symptoms don't improve after two weeks.
Bursitis is where a bursa becomes swollen and inflamed. A bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac that forms under the skin, usually over the joints and between tendons and bones.
Bursitis causes pain, inflammation and tenderness in the affected body part.
Bursitis can be caused by an injury, an infection, or it can be the result of a pre-existing health condition that causes the bursa to become inflamed.
Your GP will usually be able to make a confident diagnosis of bursitis by carrying out a physical examination of the affected body part.
Most cases of bursitis can be successfully treated using a combination of self-care techniques and over-the-counter painkillers.
There are a number of commonsense precautions you can take to prevent getting bursitis.