Signs and Symptoms

A bursa is a small fluid-filled sac lying between two surfaces, usually between a tendon
and a bone. It is designed to reduce friction as the structures move. There are many bursae around the body, namely around the joints of the hip, knees, shoulders and elbows. Most injuries to the bursa will involve overuse of the muscle overlying it, or a fall directly onto the bursa which can cause injury and inflammation.

Our Treatment & Expertise

The principles of R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) are applicable in the first 48 hours of an acute injury. If the bursa has been inflamed for a while it is still necessary to reduce the swelling and so reduce pain. You will have a thorough assessment to ascertain the cause of the bursitis, be it biomechanical or poor sporting technique. Once identified, steps will be taken to reduce the cause of the problem with appropriate stretching and strengthening exercises to ensure the bursitis does not recur.