SPORTS MEDICINE & ARTHROSCOPY: BURSITIS TREATMENT
Renowned NJ sports medicine orthopedist Robert A. Kayal treats bursitis and other inflammation-based injuries that hinder athletic performance. Bursitis is a painful condition that can impact a number of joints: most notably the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. This condition can occur in varying degrees and may require different levels of treatment, depending on the severity. The physicians at Kayal Orthopaedic Center are experts at providing patient-specific treatment plans focused on eliminating bursitis pain and returning athletes to the field or court as soon as possible.
What is Bursitis?
Bursae are fluid sacs that cushion the bones, tendons, and ligaments near joints. When excessive amounts of fluid are produced in these sacs, the pain and inflammation of bursitis can result. This fluid build-up can happen in two different ways. The first is through repetitive motion; the second is through a traumatic event that causes rapid bursitis onset. For athletes, the results of bursitis can be very detrimental to their performance. In some cases, bursitis will cause no more than joint stiffness or a minor ache. However, severe cases may result in debilitating stiffness and immobility, aching, and shooting pain during joint movement. Swelling and redness of the affected area are also common.
After hearing a description of the pain, a qualified surgeon typically diagnoses bursitis by (1) conducting a thorough examination, and (2) identifying localized swelling, tenderness and pain of the affected joint.
Treatment for Bursitis
Surgery is rarely needed for bursitis. The first step in treatment is to cease the repetitive motion or activity causing the problem, and in some cases, to immobilize the affected joint. Icing the area and taking an anti-inflammatory medication for a few weeks are also initial treatment steps. If bursitis continues, the physicians at Kayal Orthopaedic Center may inject cortisone into the area to reduce inflammation. Should pain and/or a lack of mobility in the joint persist after these more conservative treatments, surgery would be considered to drain excess fluid and remove damaged tissue.
With two state-of-the-art offices located in Franklin Lakes, NJ and Ridgewood, NJ our sports medicine specialists offer orthopedic expertise for Bergen County, Hudson County, Passaic County and Essex County patients. To learn more about your torn meniscus or to inquire about billing and insurance, contact our New Jersey bursitis specialists today.