Normally, bursa sacs located around your body serve the purpose of preventing pain by reducing friction between your moving parts. They’re filled with fluid and act as cushions between bones, tendons, and muscles. However, sometimes these bursa sacs can do the opposite: if they become inflamed, they can cause some serious issues.
Whether it’s from repetitive movement or even not moving around for long periods of time, bursitis can occur. Let’s take a closer look at what causes bursitis and what you can do about it.
It Can Be More Than Just Pain
WebMD explains that while pain that “might build up slowly or be sudden and severe” is the biggest marker of bursitis, there are other signs as well. For example, says the source, you may notice your joints are stiff and swollen along with telltale redness.
The source says there could be symptoms that warrant more immediate medical care. They include a fever of more than 102-F, as well as “general illness” or having trouble moving the particular joint. It most commonly pops up in the elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, heels, buttocks or thighs, it explains.