The bursa is a sac filled with lubricating fluid that will decrease rubbing, friction, and irritation of the bones, muscle, tendons, and skin. It serves as a cushion for the bones, tendons, and muscles you’re your bones. Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa sac and can be quiet painful.
Generally, bursitis occurs when there is constant or repetitive pressure near joints. Bursitis can commonly affect the shoulder, elbow and hip joints, but it can still develop in other parts of the body. It can also develop in the knees, heel and the base of your big toe. Age also plays a role in the formation of bursitis. As a personage, the tendons will become less tolerable to stress, the elasticity decreases and they are now easy to tear. Bursitis is a common condition to individuals age over 40.
An injury or an overworked joint at work or play can also increase the risk of developing bursitis. High risked activities include but not limited to:
- Improper posture
- Poor stretching condition
Usually, treatment for bursitis is rest or prevent further trauma to the affected area. The condition can go away, including the pain with proper treatment in a few weeks. However, you can expect there are occasional flare-ups of bursitis.
The most common symptoms of bursitis are a pain. However, there are other symptoms you can watch out for:
- Sharp pain when doing something extraneous such as exercising or when exerting yourself
- Disabling joint pain and it has been for one to two weeks.
- The affected area is stiff and achy
- Can be painful to move around
- Redness and swelling
These signs are normal since there is inflammation. However, if there is excessive swelling, redness, bruising or the development of a rash in the affected area consulting a specialist is recommended.
If you think you are suffering from Bursitis you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Bursitis as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).