What is bursitis? Bursitis is inflammation that affects soft tissue around bones and muscles. It usually occurs in the ankles, elbows, hips, knees or shoulders.
When bursae (small sacs filled with fluid) become inflamed, bursitis develops. Bursae (the plural form of bursa) perform as a cushion between the bones and parts that move, like the muscles, skin or tendons.
If you've ever had bursitis, you may not have fully understood the mechanics of the condition, but you knew you had a serious problem on your hands. Simple tasks can become challenging. Normal day to day routines can become impossible. And the pain becomes a constant companion.
The outcome of living with bursitis is often a dramatic curtailment of movement, and pain ranging from moderate to severe. Bursitis can afflict many different parts of the body.