Bursitis and tendinitis involve inflammation of the bursae, the fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions between tendons and bones, and the tendons, the tough cords of tissue connecting muscles to bones, respectively. This type of inflammation may occur in any part of the body but most often affects the knee, shoulder, elbow, and ankle. Bursitis and tendinitis are often caused by vigorous or repeated physical activity—for example, at a job that requires the same motion over and over or in sports, such as long-distance running.
Orthopedic physicians, surgeons, nurses, and physical therapists at NYU Langone Orthopedic Center specialize in bursa and tendon injuries. Our experts create treatment plans based on your specific symptoms, the extent of your injury, how long symptoms have affected you, and your long-term athletic or personal goals.
Our doctors recommend resting and icing the affected part of the body to reduce inflammation and then working with a physical therapist to stretch and strengthen muscles and tendons. If bursitis or tendinitis is painful, doctors may suggest an injection of corticosteroids, platelet-rich plasma, or stem cells to relieve swelling and pain and encourage healing. If bursitis or tendinitis is severe, our doctors may recommend surgery to repair a tendon or remove inflamed tissue.
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