Do you experience inflammation in the soft tissues around your joints? If so, you could have bursitis or tendonitis.
- Bursitis is a condition in which the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that provides cushion between a bone and muscles, tendons or skin, becomes inflamed due to overuse or injury.
- Tendonitis is a condition in which the tendon, the tissue that connects muscle to bone, becomes inflamed because of repetitive motions or injury.
As people age and their joints become less flexible, they become more prone to bursitis and tendonitis. The most commonly affected joints include shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and ankles because of the repetitive motions of movement.
- To start treating bursitis or tendonitis, first discontinue the repetitive motions that have caused the injury.
- Next, allow the fluid-filled bursa or inflamed tendon to rest and apply an ice pack to the inflamed area. This will reduce swelling and inflammation.
- Taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication is also recommended. You may take an over-the-counter drug, such as Motrin, Ibuprofin, Naprosyn and others. These medications will decrease the swelling and the pain.
- If your bursitis or tendonitis is severe, your doctor may recommend a cortisone injection. While the cortisone will not cure the pain, it is an anti-inflammatory which can alleviate pain by decreasing the inflammation.
Cortisone is a steroid that is naturally produced in the body, and injecting a strong concentration of it into an inflamed area is a great treatment option. Cortisone shots usually start to diminish inflammation and alleviate pain within the first few days and can last as long as a few weeks.