If your job requires you to perform repetitive movements, you could experience a painful condition called bursitis. Shoulder, hip, elbow, ankle, and knee joints are most commonly impacted by bursitis, but any joint is at risk.
Bursitis occurs when a bursa sac becomes inflamed or irritated. Your body contains about 150 of these sacs, and they help your muscles move across your bones without pain. When repetitive movement or trauma causes a sac to become inflamed, bursitis occurs.
Treatment for Bursitis
Bursitis can become so painful, you may not be able to perform your work responsibilities or participate in normal activities. However, there are treatments that can be effective for bursitis. Here is an overview:
- RICE method. Using the RICE four-step treatment plan of rest, ice, compression, and elevation can help relieve swelling and help your bursitis to heal.
- Injections. Corticosteroid injections are often used to help calm the inflammation and ease the pain. Many patients only require one shot to feel relief.
- Therapy and assistive devices. Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy or exercises to help strengthen the muscles around the inflamed bursa, which can help ease the pain and possibly prevent this condition from returning. You may also need the help of a cane or other assistive devices to reduce pressure on the joint while it recovers.
- Surgery. In rare cases, the doctor may remove the inflamed bursa. More commonly, the doctor will drain it, which is a less invasive procedure.
Do You Need Workers’ Comp?
Treatment for bursitis can be costly. If your bursitis was caused by an accident at work or the responsibilities of your job, you may qualify to receive workers’ compensation. Workers’ comp can cover medical bills related to bursitis and time lost from work.
The attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert want to help. Set up a free consultation by calling 800.556.8890 or filling out our online form. Be sure to request your free copy of the book, It’s Not Rocket Science, It’s Workers’ Comp.