How is bursitis treated?
Treatment goals include reduction in pain and inflammation, as well as preserving mobility and preventing disability and recurrence.
Treatment recommendations may include a combination of rest, splints, heat and cold application. Sometimes over the counter topical medications are helpful. More advanced treatment options include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen.
- Corticosteroid injections given by your healthcare provider. Injections work quickly to decrease the inflammation and pain.
- Physical therapy that includes range of motion exercises and splinting. This can be very beneficial.
- Surgery, when other treatments are not effective.