The bursa, a soft fluid-filled sac that serves as a cushion between tendons and bones becomes inflamed in bursitis. Bursa that are normally affected are near the shoulders, elbows, knees, pelvis, hips or Achilles tendons.
Causes of Bursitis
Frequent causes of bursitis include joint injury, overuse of a joint, strenuous or unaccustomed exercises. Gout can lead to bursitis and arthritis. Calcium deposits can occur in the tendons and the bursa of chronically irritated bursa. Acute and chronic infections can occur in the bursa. Sometimes bursitis will develop without any clearly defined cause.
Signs and Symptoms of Bursitis
Localized symptoms of bursitis develop in the area affected. There is local pain and tenderness. Movements of the joint or tendons which are served by the inflamed bursa is painful. There may limitation in the range of movement of the involved joint. the pain may radiate into areas adjacent to the area of bursitis. When the bursitis is severe, there may be generalized symptoms, including fever.
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