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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Bursitis
Bursitis in right shoulder
Answer: Probably not, ridges are pretty common and usually don't mean anything if the rest of your health is ok.
Answer: This probably represents bursitis of the elbow bursa. This can occur with minor trauma to the elbow or after repeated trauma. It is treated by use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and if this is not successful injection of steroids into the bursa itself are done. Bursas are sacks which are near several joints. Their purpose is to decrease the friction necessary in moving the joint and allow free movement. However, they are prone to inflammation and collection of serous fluid.
Answer: Bursitis is due to inflammation of the bursa. Bursas are sac like
structures found near many large joints. Bursitis can be due to trauma, inflammation,
infection overuse and inflammatory arthritis (like gout, pseudogout, etc.). Treatment
centers on removing the cause of the inflammation. This is accomplished by resting the
bursa (joint), heat, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and occasionally steroid injection
into the bursa itself. Aspiration of the bursa is commonly done if there is a large amount
of fluid since anti-inflammatories don't work very well with large amounts of fluid in the
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