Definition of Bursitis

Bursitis is the inflammation of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) that lies between a tendon and skin, or between a tendon and bone. Bursae are fluid-filled cavities near joints where tendons or muscles pass over bony projections. They assist movement and reduce friction between moving parts. Bursitis may be acute (short term) or chronic (long term).

Causes of Bursitis

Bursitis can be caused by chronic overuse, trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, gout or infection. Sometimes the cause of bursitis cannot be determined. Bursitis commonly occurs in the shoulder, knee, elbow, and hip. Other areas that may be affected include the Achilles tendon and the foot.


• Joint pain and tenderness
• Swelling
• Warmth over the affected joint
• Limited range of motion


Chiropractic care works on relieving pain and correcting complications associated with bursitis. Call or use the on-line appointment form to arrange a free consultation to see if chiropractic may be able to help you or someone you know.