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Elbows are a common site for bursitis.

Elbows are a common site for bursitis.
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Muscles in our bodies are connected to the bones via strong white fibrous cords called tendons. Wherever these tendons cross bones and joints, the body creates a small cushion filled with fluid.

These small cushions are called ‘bursa’, and they reduce wear and tear on the tendon as it moves over the bone. Sometimes these cushions become inflamed and painful. Common sites for bursitis include the shoulder (subacromial bursa), hip (trochanteric bursa), knee (prepatellar bursa), elbow (olecranon bursa), Achilles tendon (retrocalcaneal bursa) and foot. The usual treatment is RICE – rest, ice, compression, elevation. Anti-inflammatory medicines may help. Your doctor or physiotherapist may also recommend specific stretches. You should see your doctor if pain and swelling persists despite treatment. Follow the links below to find information about bursitis.

Last reviewed: August 2014

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Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa. Bursae are small fluid-filled sacs located between two adjoining structures, usually muscles, tendons and bones. They reduce friction and assist movement of the tendon over the bony surface. Bursitis does not cause joint deformity, but can cause significant pain and restrict movement.

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Bursitis is inflammation of the soft tissue space betweeen joints, usually caused by overuse of a joint, or when a joint is under pressure for extended periods of time.

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Bursitis (inflammation of the bursa) information | myVMC

Bursitis refers to inflammation of the fluid sacks between bones. It may cause swelling, redness and pain in affected joints.

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Elbow pain

Overuse or repeated pressure on the tendons near the elbow joint can overload these tissues, particularly where the tendon anchors to the bone. If overload occurs, it can cause pain around the elbow, particularly when using the wrist and hand. Depending on the location and severity of the injury, full recovery can take months.

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Foot problems - heel pain

The heel is a padded cushion of fatty tissue around the heel bone (the calcaneus) that holds its shape despite the pressure of body weight and movement. It serves to protect the structures of the foot, including the calcaneus, muscles and ligaments. Heel pain is a very common foot complaint.

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Supraspinatus tendinitis (painful arc syndrome) information | myVMC

Supraspinatus tendinitis or painful arc syndrome is shoulder pain caused by inflammation or tears in the tendons of the shoulder joint.

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