How is bursitis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask you questions about the pain and do a physical exam. The results may be enough for a diagnosis. If you have another bursitis flare-up or signs of infection, your provider may recommend:

  • X-rays to rule out other conditions.
  • Ultrasound or MRI (magnetic imaging resonance) imaging tests to detect swollen bursae.
  • A blood test to look for infection.
  • A sample of fluid from the bursa, if infected.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/29/2020.

References

  • American College of Rheumatology. Tendinitis (Bursitis). Accessed 6/1/2020.
  • Arthritis Foundation. Bursitis. Accessed 6/1/2020.
  • FamilyDoctor.org/American Academy of Family Physicians. Bursitis of the Hip. Accessed 6/1/2020.
  • Merck Manual. Bursitis. Accessed 6/1/2020.
  • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Bursitis. Accessed 6/1/2020.

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