What is bursitis?

Bursae are located in many areas of our body and contain the so-called synovial fluid. Most often, the bursa synovialis is found near joints, such as the elbow joint or shoulder.

Other areas where bursae can be found:

  • Hip joint
  • Knee joint

The small pouches perform a cushioning function between hard and soft structures. Smooth processes are possible thanks to the bursa.

Due to the constant continuous irritation in some professions or sports, for example tiling or tennis, bursitis can be caused. Inflammation or injury can also be behind so-called bursitis, as bursitis is medically referred to. A distinction is made between two variants:

  • chronic bursitis
  • acute bursitis

Inflamed bursae can cause severe pain and swelling may also occur in the affected area.