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Which lab tests are performed in the diagnosis of bursitis?
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Routine laboratory blood work is generally not helpful in the diagnosis of noninfectious bursitis but is appropriate when septic bursitis or underlying autoimmune disease is suspected. Aspiration and analysis of bursal fluid should be done to rule out infectious or rheumatic causes, and may also be therapeutic. MRI is usually unnecessary but if needed is […] Read More
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What occupations are at risk?
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Carpet and floor layers, painters, tile setters, and gardeners/landscapers that require kneeling are at risk for bursitis to the knees. Working with the arms above shoulder level can give rise to shoulder bursitis. Read More
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How is bursitis treated?
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The treatment of bursitis includes anti-inflammatory medication. It is also important to avoid or reduce any work activities suspected of causing bursitis. Most patients respond to treatment, and they usually go back to work without any restriction. Read More
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How is bursitis diagnosed?
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The diagnosis of bursitis is made by physical examination. To confirm the diagnosis, medical tests such as x-rays may be necessary. Read More
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What are the symptoms of bursitis?
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The main symptom of bursitis is pain and swelling in or around the joint. In some cases, especially for shoulder bursitis, people may experience some restriction of movement and stiffness. Read More
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How can bursitis be prevented?
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While not all types of bursitis can be prevented, you can reduce the risk and the severity of flare-ups by changing the way you do certain tasks. Examples include: Using kneeling pads. Use some type of padding to reduce the pressure on your knees if your job or hobby requires a lot of kneeling. Lifting […] Read More
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What are the risk factors of bursitis?
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Anyone can develop bursitis, but certain factors can increase the risk: Age. Bursitis becomes more common with aging. Occupations or hobbies. If your work or hobby requires repetitive motion or pressure on particular bursae, the risk of developing bursitis increases. Examples include carpet laying, tile setting, gardening, painting and playing a musical instrument. Other medical […] Read More
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How can I prevent bursitis?
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The prevention of bursitis should focus on the avoidance of kneeling that causes friction and mechanical trauma on the knees. If kneeling is necessary, knee pads and sitting/kneeling support should be used. Working for prolonged periods with arms above shoulder level causes friction on the bursa of the shoulder. To avoid bursitis in the shoulder, […] Read More
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What are conservative treatments for bursitis?
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Conservative treatment to reduce inflammation is used for most patients with bursitis and includes the following: Rest; Cold and heat treatments; Elevation; Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs); Bursal aspiration; Intrabursal steroid injections (with or without local anesthetic agents). Patients with suspected septic bursitis should be treated with antibiotics while awaiting culture results. Surgical excision of bursae […] Read More
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When can an athlete return to sports following a dislocated shoulder?
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Most football players who dislocate their shoulder for the first time can usually return to play within six weeks after the injury once they reestablish full range of shoulder motion and strength. They must be able to perform all the actions necessitated by their position prior to returning to play. Those players who undergo surgery […] Read More

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