What is Bursitis?
The bursae are fluid-filled sacs surrounding the joints that act as a shock absorber and cushion for bones, muscles, and tendons. Bursitis develops when these sacs become inflamed, leading to significant pain and discomfort. Most prevalent in the hip, shoulder, elbow, and knee, bursitis may resolve on its own with rest to the affected area. However, in more severe cases, treatment may be needed to allow you to complete everyday activities. At Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta, Dr. Christopher Williams and his team offer various treatment options for alleviating the unpleasant symptoms of bursitis. After properly diagnosing the condition, Dr. Williams will curate a treatment plan specifically for your needs and concerns. Learn more about bursitis treatments by contacting our Atlanta, GA facility to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Williams and his experienced orthopedic team.
"When my hope was dashed by years of severe pain and misdiagnosis and mistreatment, by drs in San Francisco, I met Dr Williams. He diagnosed my problem correctly based on a very inexpensive test and told me what I needed to do and where to go to learn about what I needed to do to get out of pain and back into the world. I’m working sure and steady towards recovery and not there yet but if it weren’t for Dr Williams I don’t know where I would be. I wish that every person in need would meet a Dr like Dr Williams. He is kind and he made the difference for me. His staff are nice and easy to work with."- L.M. / Facebook / Mar 10, 2021
"Great experience across the board! Dr Williams takes the time to listen and explain your situation while giving you the best course of action to treat your condition. Staff & office are top notch and very organized. Highly recommend to anyone that is looking for a safe and effective non-surgical procedure to treat their injuries."- D.S. / Google / Sep 01, 2020
"IO Atlanta is an exceptional experience. Few doctors have the time to talk to you about your condition, answer ALL your questions (and your spouse's questions too), go over your imagery, and explain all the options with real world results. Not only am I a patient, but my wife is also working with Doc Williams to solve a problem she's had for 20+ years. I can't say enough good things about the staff and how everyone is concerned about your individual outcomes. They truly care, and the work they do is cutting edge. I am very glad I have taken this route over conventional surgery and bought more time without permanently changing my body in irreversible ways. The treatment they offer does things just not possible with conventional orthopedic surgery, and using your own body's ability to heal itself by just creating a bit of encouragement is the wave of the future. I have a big Thank You to Doctor Williams and his entire staff at IO Atlanta."- L. / Google / Aug 26, 2020
"Very thorough. Really good at their job. I appreciated the time and attention at a reasonable price."- A.F. / Google / Aug 25, 2020
"Dr. Williams is extremely knowledgeable about interventional Orthopedics. He and his team are very professional. I have had the pleasure working with him for the last two years on multiple joint and bone issues. His diagnostic skills and procedure performance techniques are excellent. I have had wonderful - amazing results."- C.L. / Google / Aug 14, 2020
What are Bursitis Symptoms?
There are a variety of symptoms associated with bursitis that can worsen over time if left untreated. Some of the most common include:
- Stiffness in the affected joint
- Inflammation and redness of the area
- Intense, shooting pain upon exercising or strenuous movement
- Decreased mobility and flexibility
What causes Bursitis?
In most cases, bursitis is the result of repetitive movement or positions that create tension on or near the bursae of a joint. However, there are some risk factors that can make an individual more susceptible to experiencing bursitis, including age, occupation, medical conditions, and being overweight. Depending on the exact cause of your bursitis, lifestyle changes may be suggested along with treatment in order to prevent future instances of the condition from occurring.
What are your Treatment Options?
After conducting a physical exam, evaluating your medical history, and performing imaging tests, Dr. Williams will be able to provide more accurate treatment options for your specific case of bursitis. Typically, conservative methods are suggested first, such as rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medications. If these prove to be ineffective, Dr. Williams may then suggest prescription-strength medication, physical therapy, or steroid injection therapy. In more severe cases of the condition, surgery may be needed in order to drain the inflamed bursa. Following any treatment, Dr. Williams and his team will let you know exactly what you can expect and determine if any follow-up treatments will be necessary to help preserve your results.
what are additional facts about Bursitis?
How do we diagnose bursitis?
We start by completing a thorough consultation and talking about your medical history. Sometimes, we may need to take x-rays to ensure your pain is not caused by another underlying reason, like infection or a stress fracture. Once we have this information, we can develop a personalized treatment plan.
What are the symptoms of bursitis?
Bursitis symptoms often feel like the symptoms of arthritis. However, arthritis and bursitis are not the same. Common symptoms include pain and sensitivity near your inflamed bursa, stiffness, reduced range of motion, and swelling.
How can I prevent bursitis?
Protecting your joints will reduce the chance of aggravating the bursa sac, which occurs in the knees, shoulders, elbows, and hips. We recommend buying kneeling pads, pushing heavy objects as opposed to carrying them, incorporating stretches into your exercise routine, and maintaining a healthy weight.
What is your next step to reducing Joint Inflammation?
Though bursitis can be uncomfortable and cause a number of symptoms, there are various treatments available to reduce joint inflammation and improve your quality of life. Our team at Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta can help determine the best course of treatment to allow you to receive your best outcome. Contact our Atlanta, GA facility to learn more and to schedule an initial consultation with skilled orthopedic physician Dr. Christopher Williams.