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Bursitis Specialist

Jeffrey Miller, MD -  - Rheumatology Specialist

Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Center of Tampa Bay

Jeffrey Miller, MD

Rheumatology Specialist & Internal Medicine Specialist located in Tampa, FL

Bursitis is a common cause of joint pain, and a complaint that brings many residents of Tampa, Florida, to the care of Jeffrey Miller, MD, at Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Center of Tampa Bay. Fortunately, bursitis is a treatable condition, and relief is just a phone call away. Online scheduling is also available, and can be done any time of day or night.

Bursitis Q&A

What is bursitis?

Bursae are small sacs that are filled with fluid. They cushion your joints by providing a soft, malleable space between bones, muscles, and tendons. You have more than 150 bursae in your body, and when one of those sacs becomes inflamed, the condition is known as bursitis.

Once a bursa is inflamed, any movement or pressure within the affected joint can cause pain. For some, discomfort is limited to a dull, aching sensation, while others find the pain far more disruptive. Bursitis might also bring on mild swelling or limited range of motion in the joint. 

Some of the areas where bursitis is common include the:

  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Ankles
  • Shoulders
  • Elbows

The condition is often known by colorful names like tennis elbow, housemaid’s knee, or clergyman’s knee. 

What causes bursitis and how is it treated?

Many things can lead to bursitis. A traumatic injury can damage one or more bursae, but repetitive use, such as in sports or on the job, is a more common cause. When you use a joint the same way over time, the joint components can undergo significant stress, and inflammation is a common result. 

Additional causes of bursitis include infection, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, obesity, and even simple habits like leaning on your elbows while you work on the computer or drive. 

Some cases of bursitis will resolve after a period of self-care. Resting the joint, using ice to address swelling, and elevating the area can all help your body heal.

More involved treatments include steroid injections, antibiotics, and even surgery in certain cases. 

What is tendinitis?  

Tendinitis is a condition characterized by irritation or inflammation in a tendon. These are the thick, strong bands of connective tissue that anchor muscle to bone. Tendinitis often occurs in your knees, heels, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. 

Your tendons don’t have a significant blood supply, so they can’t heal as easily as many other tissue types. Treatment options include medication to address discomfort and physical therapy to strengthen the joint and enhance flexibility. Advanced tendinitis might require surgical intervention. 

If you’d like to explore treatments for bursitis and tendinitis in more detail, call Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Center of Tampa Bay today to book a visit. Online scheduling is also an option, and takes just moments to complete.