Bursitis is a painful condition which implies an inflammation of one or more bursae. The bursae are small sacs of synovial fluid which cushion bones, tendons and muscles in the joint areas to promote smooth, frictionless movement of body parts. Though the inflammation of bursae is not a life-threatening condition, it is certainly discomforting and may impede daily functioning. The typically treatment involves resting the affected area and/or medication, though if the problem becomes severe, surgery may be required. To prevent aggravation of the condition, one should be wary of the following symptoms associated with bursitis, and take recuperative measures as soon as they occur.
1. Localized Pain
Those with bursitis experience pain in the area where the bursae are inflamed. The most common sites for bursitis are the shoulder, hip and elbow, though the knee, heel and shin may also be affected. The pain in these areas is usually a dull ache which gets exacerbated by exertion of the related body part. Over-the-counter painkillers can help relieve the pain, which in most cases takes a few weeks to resolve.