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Bursitis is a painful condition that can prevent you from being active, practising your job or even performing day-to-day activities. In this guide, we explore what causes bursitis, what the different types are and what treatment options are available to restore your quality of life. 


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Diagnosing bursitis is typically done through physical examination by a healthcare professional like an orthopaedic surgeon. Imaging studies such as X-rays, ultrasound, or MRI can also be used to rule out other conditions and to visualise the affected area.

What is bursitis and what are the different types of bursitis?

Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa, a sac filled with a fluid called synovium, that cushions your joints and protects them against friction with tendons, muscles and bones. It also facilitates the smooth movement of your joints.

There are over 150 known bursae within the body but the inflammation can occur in areas where you apply more pressure or do more repetitive movements such as:


Known as trochanteric bursitis


You can get bursitis either in your kneecaps (prepatellar bursitis, commonly known as housemaid’s knee) or on the inside of the knee, between the shin bone and the tendons of the hamstring muscles (anserine bursitis)


Occurs around the ball of your foot, big toe or Achilles tendon in the heel


Olecranon bursitis, commonly known as miner’s elbow or barfly’s elbow


Also known as subacromial bursitis


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