Bursitis Treatment Online

Bursitis is the inflammation of small fluid sacks, called bursa, that provide cushion for bones, tendons, and muscles surrounding joints.


Bursitis symptoms can vary, but patients typically experience:

  • Pain during movement
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • And more.

Diagnosing and Treating Bursitis Online

Bursitis is caused by inflammation of the bursa, which is a fluid-filled sac that provides lubrication between the muscles, bones, and tendons near the joint. Bursitis is commonly located in the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, heel, or big toe joint.

The condition is most commonly caused by repetitive motion, for example sports-related actions, prolonged sitting on hard surfaces, kneeling for long periods of time, and household activities, like gardening, scrubbing, and shoveling. Other causes of bursitis include abnormal bone positioning, which can be caused by arthritis or length differences; inflammation from another condition, including arthritis and gout; and infection.

Bursitis may improve with treatment, but there is a chance the condition can become chronic, often triggered by an existing health problem.

During a video consult on Amwell your doctor will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to bursitis. Then your provider will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your provider may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if this is needed. Your treatment plan is based on the duration and severity of your symptoms and your medical history.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Treatment for bursitis is different depending on the severity.

Options for treatment of Bursitis may include:

  • Rest
  • Antibiotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Assistive devices, for example, a cane
  • Injections (e.g. corticosteroids)
  • Surgery

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Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1‑844‑SEE‑DOCS for questions about our services or to speak to a doctor about your symptoms or conditions.

  • What is olecranon bursitis?

    Olecranon bursitis is a type of bursitis that specifically affects the elbow. Oftentimes the first sign of olecranon bursitis is swelling, followed by pain and sometimes an infection. Similar to bursitis, olecranon bursitis may occur as a result of trauma to the area, prolonged pressure on the elbow, infection, or underlying medical conditions like arthritis and gout.

  • What is trochanteric bursitis?

    Bursitis is caused by inflammation of the bursa, which is a fluid-filled sac that provides lubrication between the muscles, bones, and tendons near the joint. Trochanteric bursitis is a type of bursitis, which predominantly affects the hip. The trochanteric bursa is a fluid-filled sac that is located near the hip, thighs, and buttock. Symptoms of this type of bursitis include limping, hip pain, and swelling in the region.

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