Bursitis is inflammation (swelling, heat) or irritation of a bursa. Bursae are small sacs between bone and other moving parts, such as muscles, skin or tendons. The bursa allows smooth gliding between moving parts. Tendonitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon.
How can you tell the difference between tendonitis and bursitis?
Tendonitis versus bursitis
Tendonitis is a painful condition where the tendons become inflamed. Bursitis is when the small sacs of fluid around a joint (called bursa) become irritated and inflamed. Both conditions can present with swelling and discomfort around the affected joints.
What happens if tendinitis and bursitis are left untreated?
Although rare, if left untreated, tendonitis can lead to a tendon rupture – meaning the tendon tears away from the bone. This may require surgery to repair. If tendonitis or bursitis pain is causing you to miss work or skip your favorite hobbies, talk to your doctor about your treatment options.
What is the best anti inflammatory for bursitis?
Doctors may recommend over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen, to reduce inflammation in the bursa and tendon and relieve pain. These medications are typically recommended for a few weeks while the body heals.
What foods should you avoid if you have bursitis?
Eat whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and fatty fish to help reduce inflammation. Avoid processed foods and foods high in sugar and fat.
What can be mistaken for bursitis?
Bursitis is often mistaken for arthritis because joint pain is a symptom of both conditions. There are various types of arthritis that cause joint inflammation, including the autoimmune response of rheumatoid arthritis or the breaking down of cartilage in the joints in degenerative arthritis.
What can be mistaken for tendonitis?
Tendinosis is a condition that is characterized by swelling and pain of a tendon. Tendinosis is often confused with tendinitis, a condition that shares many of the same symptoms but differs greatly in its cause and appearance.
Does tendonitis show up on MRI?
Tendinitis, also called overuse tendinopathy, typically is diagnosed by a physical exam alone. If you have the symptoms of overuse tendinopathy, your doctor may order an ultrasound or MRI scans to help determine tendon thickening, dislocations and tears, but these are usually unnecessary for newly diagnosed cases.
How long does bursitis and tendonitis last?
Tendonitis and bursitis are usually temporary. However, these conditions may come back often or become ongoing. They do not cause deformity, but they can limit motion.
What happens if you ignore tendonitis?
Untreated tendonitis can develop into chronic tendinosis and cause permanent degradation of your tendons. In some cases, it can even lead to tendon rupture, which requires surgery to fix. So if you suspect tendonitis, stop doing the activities that cause the most pain.
What triggers bursitis?
The most common causes of bursitis are injury or overuse, but it can also be caused by infection. Pain, swelling, and tenderness near a joint are the most common signs of bursitis. Bursitis can be treated with rest and medicines to help with the inflammation. Antibiotics are used if infection is found.
What do doctors prescribe for bursitis?
Injection of a corticosteroid medication into your bursa can relieve the pain and inflammation of bursitis. In some cases, your doctor might use ultrasound to guide the injection into the affected bursa.
Do cortisone shots cure bursitis?
The most common type of bursitis is associated with trauma, and responds well to steroid (cortisone-type) injections. A successful steroid injection typically provides relief for about four to six months. After a successful injection, the bursitis may resolve completely and never recur.