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Bursitis is the inflammation of a fluid-filled sac called a bursa that is located between a tendon and a skin or between a tendon and a bone. The disease can be acute or chronic. These fluid-filled cavities help reduce friction and aid movement where tendons or muscles need to pass over bony prominences close to joints. The condition often affects people who are injured playing sports.


Bursitis is most commonly found in the knee, the shoulder, the elbow and the hip. Sometimes it also occurs around the Achilles tendon and foot. Symptoms may include pain, inflammation and swelling of the affected areas. The range of movement of the affected joint may be restricted and may or may not be accompanied by pain. Muscle weakness may also be a sign of the condition.


It can be caused by trauma, gout, infection rheumatoid arthritis or chronic overuse. Sometimes a cause cannot be found.


Be sure and see a doctor if your pain worsens and interferes with your activities, if the pain has lasted a long time or if your joints are tender, warm and red. This may indicate an infection.

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