Bursitis Shoulder - Treatment

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Medical Treatment

If your bursitis is not infectious, the doctor may inject the bursa with a corticosteroid to reduce inflammation.

If your bursitis is infectious, the bursa will be drained with a needle. The doctor will prescribe antibiotics to be taken in pill form. If the infection is very serious, or does not respond to oral antibiotics, or if your immune system is weakened for another reason, you may be admitted to the hospital for IV antibiotics. Most causes of infectious bursitis, however, can be managed safely at home. Rarely a surgical operation to remove the bursa can be required.

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Comment from: Ann, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I had bursitis of the hip, and it was difficult to walk up stairs and to go walking. I went to a chiropractor a few times and now I am back to walking and pain free; hopefully it will stay that way, it worked for me!

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Comment from: Derek, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 11

I've had bursitis in my left shoulder for about a year. I put up with it hoping it would go away, for about 6 months, then got a steroid injection. It was painless (the injection included 2 ml of local anesthetic and 1 ml of steroid) and the effect was instant. I had no more pain and full mobility restored. But after 5 months it has returned and I've just had a second injection, once again, instant relief. The doctor has encouraged kayaking as being excellent exercise and reckons a summer of that will cure it.

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