Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that provide a cushion between bones, tendons and/or muscles in different areas in your body usually found around a joint. When irritated and inflamed, they can be a source of pain around the specific area that they reside. By placing a local anesthetic mixed with a steroid, which is a strong Anti-inflammatory, in the bursa that is inflamed, this can decrease the inflammation and subsequently control the pain.
Common locations where Bursa get inflamed:
The most common locations for bursitis are in the shoulder, elbow and hip. But you can also have bursitis by your knee, heel and the base of your big toe. Bursitis often occurs near joints that perform frequent repetitive motion.
- Subacromial and Subdeltoid Bursae: Shoulder Pain
- Ischial Tuberosity Bursa: Buttock pain especially when sitting
- Greater Trochanter Bursa: Hip pain
- Pes Anserine Bursa: Knee pain
The most common causes of bursitis are repetitive motions or positions that irritate the bursae around a joint. e.g.
- Volleyball players or lifting something over your head repeatedly
- Leaning on your elbows for long periods, Students’ bursitis
- Extensive kneeling for tasks such as laying carpet or scrubbing floors
- Prolonged sitting, particularly on hard surfaces
How long does the injection take and how long the benefit will last?
To do the procedure, it usually takes around 10 minutes including the preparation time.
You should be able to feel the benefit and pain relief right away, however, it is difficult to determine how long and how much pain relief you may experience.
It varies depending on multiple factors. Some patients do not gain any relief from the procedure and some may have permanent relief.
If you experience relief right after this procedure, this can be diagnostic that your pain is coming from the specific bursa that was injected today.