Bursitis

L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group

Jonathan Levin, MD

Pain Medicine located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA

Sports and activities that require repetitive movements increase your risk of developing bursitis-related pain. To restore your range of motion and keep you pain-free, pain medicine specialist Jonathan Levin, MD, offers on-site diagnosis and treatment at L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group in the Beverly Grove area in Los Angeles. Dr. Levin customizes your treatment, offering effective solutions like corticosteroid injections and referrals to a physical therapist. If you suspect your joint pain is related to bursitis, don’t delay an evaluation. You can call L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group or book a consultation online now.

Bursitis Q & A

What is bursitis?

Bursitis is a condition that causes inflammation in the bursae, the fluid-filled sacs that cushion your bones, muscles, and tendons surrounding a joint.

Inflammation is often the result of an overuse injury caused by repetitive motions. For this reason, bursitis affects many athletes and people with manual labor jobs that require repetitive movements. 

You can also develop bursitis-related inflammation due to underlying medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or an infection.

While you can develop bursitis in any joint, the condition most commonly affects your:

  • Hips
  • Elbows
  • Shoulders

For some, bursitis pain and other symptoms will go away on their own with rest, but recurring flare-ups of inflammation are possible.

What are the symptoms of bursitis?

When the bursae become inflamed, you’ll notice that your range of motion in a specific joint is reduced. Joints can also become:

  • Red
  • Achy
  • Stiff
  • Tender
  • Swollen

When rest and over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories aren’t enough to keep you comfortable, schedule an evaluation at L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group.

How is bursitis diagnosed?

To confirm an inflammation in the bursae and rule out other medical issues, Dr. Levin reviews your medical history and physically examines the affected joint. He could request X-rays and blood work as part of his diagnosis process.

If your symptoms are related to bursitis, Dr. Levin creates a treatment plan that focuses on fast pain relief and strategies to improve your joint’s range of motion.

How is bursitis treated?

Initially, Dr. Levin often recommends prescription pain relievers and anti-inflammatories to keep you comfortable. If these therapies aren’t working, he could try corticosteroid injections, which deliver medications directly into the affected joint.

Physical therapy can also help ease pain and strengthen the muscles that surround the affected joint. 

Dr. Levin often suggests therapy sessions in combination with injectable or oral medication therapy to optimize your healing and keep you physically active. Ice packs can help control swelling in your joints.

You might need to limit certain activities to prevent a worsening of your condition. Dr. Levin might suggest changing to light-duty work at your job and taking a break from certain sports to help you recover.

If chronic joint stiffness and pain are interfering with your usual activities, schedule a bursitis evaluation online or by calling L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group today.