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- What are causes of bursitis?
- What are bursitis risk factors?
- What are bursitis symptoms and signs?
- When should someone seek medical care for bursitis?
- What specialists diagnose and treat bursitis?
- What exams do health-care professionals use to diagnose bursitis?
- What are bursitis treatments?
- Are there bursitis home remedies?
- What is the medical treatment for bursitis?
- How often is follow-up needed after treatment of bursitis?
- Is there a way to prevent bursitis?
- What is the prognosis for bursitis?
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How often is follow-up needed after treatment of bursitis?
After you leave the doctor's office, try to change whatever caused the bursitis in the first place. Wear different shoes. Use kneepads when kneeling for activities or work.
Rest the area and apply ice at least twice a day, keeping the area elevated when possible.
Schedule a follow-up visit with your doctor in one week. If your bursitis is infectious, a follow-up visit in three to four days is appropriate for reevaluation and possible fluid removal.
Is there a way to prevent bursitis?
If a certain activity causes you to develop bursitis, then limit that activity or use protective measures. Use kneepads or cushioning for gardening and scrubbing floors. Workers such as plumbers, roofers, and carpet layers should wear knee protection. Choose more appropriate shoes or cushion the ankles with pads.
You can improve your flexibility and strengthen muscles involved in joint motion through rehabilitative exercise.
Be concerned about muscle tone if you have bursitis that tends to return. A physical rehabilitation program can guide you in the proper exercises to strengthen weak muscles.
What is the prognosis for bursitis?
Most people respond to therapy in three to four days and can follow up with their doctor in a week. If the bursitis is infectious, however, the area may have to be drained with a needle every three to five days until the infectious fluid does not return.