Tendonitis & Bursitis
If nagging, chronic pain in your shoulder, knee, elbow, or other joints prevents you from enjoying the activities you love, tendonitis or bursitis could be to blame. Once you’ve been diagnosed, our interventional orthopedic specialist, Dr. Maria Karipidis Pouria, can customize bursitis or tendonitis treatment plans. At our office near Rochester, NY, women and men of all ages have established trust in her expertise to help them alleviate their pain and get back to enjoying life.
What Are Tendonitis & Bursitis?
Both tendonitis and bursitis are fairly common conditions that involve pain around joints caused by soft tissue inflammation. Either condition can occur anywhere, but both tendonitis and bursitis are most diagnosed in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, or ankle. Even though you might hear these terms used interchangeably, tendonitis and bursitis are distinct, and an accurate diagnosis is important to ensure you receive effective treatment.
Tendons attach muscles to bone. Pain associated with tendonitis occurs when these fibrous but flexible bands of connective tissue get irritated and inflamed. Even though you can find tendons throughout the body, there are certain tendons that are more prone to developing tendonitis.
Small sacs of fluid called bursae cushion and lubricate the bones, tendons, and muscles near the joints where they rub against each other. Bursitis is diagnosed when a bursa becomes inflamed. It occurs most often in the shoulder, elbow, and hip. Even though bursitis, like tendonitis, is often the result of overuse, medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and diabetes increase your risk of developing bursitis. Being overweight can also cause bursitis in the knees and hips.
Symptoms of Tendonitis & Bursitis
Tendonitis and bursitis share many of the same symptoms, including pain when moving the affected joint. Pain stemming from tendonitis often gradually becomes worse, while discomfort associated with bursitis may appear suddenly. Symptoms that indicate you may be suffering from tendonitis or bursitis include:
- Either a sharp pain or dull ache, especially when moving the joint
- Mild to severe swelling (most often with bursitis)
Even though the pain may focus on a specific joint, you might also experience discomfort in the limb away from the joint, especially with tendonitis.
What Is the Best Way To Treat Tendonitis & Bursitis?
If repetitive motion is the cause of tendonitis or bursitis, the first line of treatment is often rest and icing the affected joint, along with over-the-counter pain relief medication. If pain persists and the cause is properly diagnosed, Dr. Karipidis Pouria offers a range of treatment options that she tailors for your specific needs. She develops your tendonitis or bursitis treatment plan after getting a complete medical history and understanding your specific goals, whether that means returning to the tennis court, the pool, gardening, or playing with grandchildren. Dr. Karipidis Pouria ensures that her treatment goals align with yours and your needs.
Tendonitis & Bursitis FAQs
Are there ways to prevent tendonitis or bursitis?
If you’ve already been diagnosed with one of these conditions and are getting treatment, you can still prevent future problems. If repetitive use caused the condition, mix in other types of activities to reduce the stress on specific joints. Stretching is also essential, even if you’re just planning to spend an hour or two gardening. Don’t overdo it, especially as you ease back into your activity. If your condition is related to work, get an ergonomic assessment of your workspace and adjust your chair, keyboard, and desktop as recommended for your height, arm length, and usual tasks.
What happens if you leave tendonitis or bursitis untreated?
Left untreated, both tendonitis and bursitis can become chronic conditions with increasing levels of pain. You may suffer a ruptured tendon, or the tendon could develop a degenerative condition called tendinosis. Untreated bursitis could lead to the thickening or enlargement of the bursa, resulting in chronic pain and reduced physical activity.
Are there other causes besides repetitive motion for tendonitis or bursitis?
An injury to a specific joint can cause tendonitis, but it’s much more likely to develop over time. An infected bursa can cause bursitis, and you should contact your doctor if joint pain is accompanied by fever or redness. It’s also important to note that both conditions are more common for people aged 40 or older.
Request Your Consultation
You don’t have to sit on the sidelines. Dr. Karipidis Pouria offers tendonitis and bursitis treatments at our Victor location outside Rochester. Request a consultation using the online form or call us at
(585) 244-1506 to schedule an appointment.