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Bursitis is where a bursa becomes swollen and inflamed. A bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac that forms under the skin, usually over the joints and between tendons and bones.
Symptoms of bursitis
Bursitis causes pain, inflammation and tenderness in the affected body part.
Causes of bursitis
Bursitis can be caused by an injury, an infection, or it can be the result of a pre-existing health condition that causes the bursa to become inflamed.
Diagnosing bursitis
Your GP will usually be able to make a confident diagnosis of bursitis by carrying out a physical examination of the affected body part.
Treating bursitis
Most cases of bursitis can be successfully treated using a combination of self-care techniques and over-the-counter painkillers.
Preventing bursitis
There are a number of commonsense precautions you can take to prevent getting bursitis.