Bursitis is a painful condition that affects the bursae (small fluid-filled sacs) that cushions the bones, tendons, and muscles near the joints. Bursitis occurs when bursae become inflamed.

It often occurs near joints that perform the frequent repetitive motion, like:

  •  Throwing a baseball or lifting something over your head repeatedly
  • Leaning on your elbow for long periods
  • Excessive kneeling for tasks such as laying carpet or scrubbing floors
  • Prolonged sitting, particularly on a hard surface

The most common locations for bursitis are Shoulder, Elbow, and Hip. But it can also happen in your knee, heel and the base of the big toe.


  • Feel stiff or achy
  • Hurt more when you move it
  • Looks swollen and red
  • Sharp or shooting pain, especially when you exert yourself or exercises

Management at AktivHealth:

  • Assessment of ‘How you move’ or your biomechanics.
  • Recommendation and supervision of specific exercises (Stretches or Strengthening) to reduce pain and improve the ability to move plus prevent the recurrence.

Untreated bursitis can result in calcification (Bone growing) within the bursa and even nastier pain and disability

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