When the pain of bursitis doesn’t improve despite conservative treatments, you may need a bursa injection to eliminate the inflammation and ease your pain. Martin Quiroga, DO, MBA, and Eduardo Otero Loperena, MD, at Michigan Advanced Pain & Spine, offer comprehensive treatment and pain management for bursitis, including injections when needed to restore a healthy joint. To learn if you’re a good candidate for bursa injections, call the office in Warren, Michigan, or schedule an appointment online today.
Your provider may recommend a bursa injection to relieve the pain caused by bursitis. Bursitis occurs when tiny, fluid-filled sacs called bursa become inflamed. Each bursa reduces friction between your bones and soft tissues like your skin, ligaments, and tendons.
Though any of the more than 150 bursae throughout your body can develop bursitis, the condition most often affects the knees, hips, shoulders, or elbows.
The top causes of bursitis include:
Your risk of bursitis increases if you have a chronic inflammatory disease like rheumatoid arthritis.
Bursitis primarily causes joint pain, especially when moving the joint. As a result, you may have limited mobility.
Most people have noticeable swelling at the joint; however, you may not see it when the inflamed bursa lies deep in the joint. Symptoms such as redness, warmth, and fever occur if you develop an infection.
Bursitis treatment begins with rest, avoiding activities that irritate the bursa, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and immobilizing the joint if needed. If you still have pain and inflammation despite conservative treatments, your provider recommends a bursa injection.
Bursa injections contain steroids and a local anesthetic. The local anesthetic quickly eases your pain but doesn’t last long. As powerful anti-inflammatory agents, steroids significantly reduce inflammation and give you longer-lasting pain relief.
After positioning you on the exam table so your provider can reach the painful joint, they clean the injection site and apply numbing medicine.
Depending on the joint and the depth of the bursa, your provider may use real-time imaging such as ultrasound to guide the injection. After inserting the needle and placing it at the inflamed bursa, your provider injects the medications.
The anesthetic relieves your pain for a few hours; then, it’s normal for the pain to return for a short time because it takes steroids 5-7 days to take effect.
To learn if a bursa injection can help your joint pain, call Michigan Advanced Pain & Spine or book an appointment online today.