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Bursitis Overview

A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that cushions an area of friction between tissues, such as tendon and bone. Bursae reduce friction between moving parts of the body, such as in the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and heel.

The number varies, but most people have about 160 bursae throughout the body. Bursae are lined with special cells, called synovial cells, which secrete a fluid rich in collagen and proteins. This synovial fluid acts as a lubricant when parts of the body move. Inflammation of a bursa is referred to as bursitis.

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Comment from: Angela, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I have had chronic hip bursitis for 15 months from lifting heavy groceries and from a fall I had. Cortisone injection made it worse. I tried a few different things which didn't work. The most effective treatment I have personally found is remedial massage once a week. I found a very experienced masseur and am sticking to her. The stiffness and pain are lesser and a little of the swelling has gone.

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Comment from: Anna, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I have had unilateral trochanteric bursitis/tendonitis for approximately eight years. The latest medical research seems to indicate that the bursitis is secondarily inflamed by nearby diseased tendons. I have tried numerous cortisone injections, as well as physiotherapy and Pilates. I underwent a bursectomy a couple of years ago and, much to my disappointment, it has not eased the pain. In cases of hip bursitis, it may be useful to pursue methods that could aid the diseased tendon. This is now my approach.

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