How do I Know if I Need Bursa Injections?

Do I Need Bursa Injections?

The ultimate goal of bursa injections is to reduce inflammation around or in the bursa by injecting a small dose of local anesthetic and corticosteroid. A bursa is a small sac located in the joints that provides a cushion between the bones and tendons, and functions as a shock absorber to lessen friction. The bursa is found throughout the body in the elbows, shoulders, knees, and hips. Synovial fluid fills the bursa sacs and reduces friction by acting as a lubricant.

What are Symptoms of the Bursa?

Inflammation within the bursa can result in:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty moving the joint
  • Limitation in range of motion

Inflammation is often caused by:

  • Overuse
  • Injury
  • Repetitive Motion
What is the Right Treatment For Me?

What are Non-Invasive Treatment Options?

In some cases, non-invasive treatments can relieve inflammation in the joint. These treatment options are:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Heat therapy
  • Ice therapy
  • Rest

If these conservative treatments do not work for you, or your condition worsens, you may need bursa injections.

Am I a Candidate for Bursa Injections?

Candidates that are a good fit for bursa injections have not experienced an improvement in joint pain from conservative treatment options. Most candidates that are treated with bursa injections have the following common conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis & Golfer’s Elbow

Bursa Injections are a great way to alleviate joint pain and reduce inflammation.