Bursitis and Tendonitis Treated by Top Mercy Doctors

Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

Orthopedic surgeons of The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy specialize in diagnosing and treating bursitis and tendonitis, also known as tendinitis. Patients from across the Baltimore region seek Mercy's expertise when suffering from bursitis or tendonitis pain in the shoulder, elbow or wrist.  

About the Condition

Bursitis and tendonitis are common overuse injuries in sports and general overhead activities. Bursitis is most common in the hip, shoulder and elbow. Tendonitis is most common in the shoulder, elbow, wrist and heel. Bursitis and tendonitis most often are caused by repetitive motions but also can be caused by trauma to the joint. The tendon and bursa, the fluid-filled sac which prevents friction with motion, become inflamed when they are pinched between the joint during repetitive motion.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Bursitis and tendonitis symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Stiff or achy feeling

Bursitis and tendonitis most often can be diagnosed during a physical exam. An orthopedic surgeon may request imaging tests such as X-rays, ultrasound or MRIs, to rule out other joint conditions that have similar symptoms. 

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Treatment Options

Bursitis and tendonitis treatment can include:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injection

 If symptoms persist, surgery to increase the space available for the tendons is considered.

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