Joint Injury Dangers
Joint injuries come in many types, but two common ones are bursitis and tendonitis (also called tendinitis). Both are forms of inflammation, and both usually occur when a joint is misused or overused over time.
Tendonitis refers to severe swelling of a tendon. Tendons are the elastic tissues that connect muscles to bones, allowing your body to move. Tendonitis tends to be named after the part of the body it affects or the sport that increases the risk of these injuries. Different types of tendonitis include swimmer’s shoulder, tennis elbow, and trigger finger, as well as Achilles tendonitis and biceps tendonitis. Treatment may include rest, cold application, steroid injections, anti-inflammatory medicines, and lifestyle changes.
Bursas are small sacs filled with fluid. They offer a cushion between bones and other parts of the body like muscles and tendons. When you’ve been overusing a joint over time, a bursa can inflame, becoming bursitis. It causes pain and swelling. Some people get them on their knees from kneeling for long periods. Repetitive movements can cause bursitis, too.
Bursitis can be treated with a variety of measures. At first, people usually attempt to ease bursitis pain with medicine, ice application, and rest. If the inflammation persists, local cortisone injection can be very helpful. Rarely, surgery can be required to resect the inflamed bursa.