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Tendonitis and Bursitis

Tendinitis and bursitis are some of the most common injuries that can affect an athlete. While they are different conditions, they both occur as a result of inflammation, which can happen when athletes overuse or injure a joint. In both cases, if the condition is allowed to progress without treatment, it can worsen, causing severe pain and limiting an athlete’s ability to play.

Dr. Michael Wong and the sports medicine team at PT Family Medicine are proud to offer highly-trained, experienced treatment options for athletes who struggle with bursitis and tendinitis. As an independent practice, our tendinitis and bursitis treatment specialists are able to offer personalized care that strives to make every patient feel seen and cared for in our office. We’ll take the time to provide you with an accurate diagnosis, then help you select the best treatment option for your individual needs.

If you’re ready to receive patient-focused, hands-on treatment for bursitis or tendinitis from the best sports medicine doctor Pittsburgh has to offer, don’t wait. Schedule your first appointment with the team at PT Family Medicine today.

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The Best Treatment Options for Bursitis & Tendonitis

Tendinitis and bursitis are both caused by inflammation in particular regions of the body. In a case of tendinitis, one of your tendons – a thick cord that attaches your muscles to your bone – has become inflamed, causing symptoms of pain and limited mobility around the area of a joint. Tendonitis can affect any joint, and it’s most common around your elbows, wrists, knees, heels, and shoulders.

In the case of bursitis, inflammation has occurred in your of your bursae. A bursa is actually a sac filled with fluid that is located near the larger joints – that is, the shoulders, hips, knees, and elbows. Its job is to reduce friction between tissues as your joints move, allowing them to glide smoothly over one another. When this area becomes inflamed, usually due to overuse, moving those joints can become painful and difficult.

 Because the bursae are located so close to the tendons, tendinitis can also make a patient more prone to bursitis. Patients with arthritis should also be aware of their risks for bursitis. At PT Family Medicine, we provide pre-participation exams that can identify tendinitis or bursitis at the source, as well as arthritis management to help reduce swelling in the joints. We also perform post-injury evaluations that can offer you the accurate diagnosis you need to begin the appropriate method of treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which athletes are most susceptible to tendinitis and bursitis?

You may have heard some of the more common names for tendinitis, which actually indicate specific athletes who carry particular risks for the condition due to the nature of their sport. These names include:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer's elbow
  • Pitcher's shoulder
  • Swimmer's shoulder
  • Jumper's knee

As for bursitis, some of the most common athletes who struggle with this condition include runners, cyclists, football players, and soccer players.

How can I find temporary relief from bursitis or tendinitis pain?

If you’ve sustained a fracture and are not in need of immediate emergency attention, you can use the RICE method to find relief from pain prior to your doctor’s appointment:

  • Rest the injured area.
  • Ice the area to relieve swelling and numb the area for pain.
  • Compress the area using a cloth or bandage.
  • Elevate the affected area to reduce swelling.

Do you accept insurance for bursitis and tendinitis treatment?

Yes! PT Family Medicine believes in making sports medicine accessible, and we’re proud to accept insurance from a number of providers across the Pittsburgh area. Visit our Insurance page to view our list of accepted providers, and reach out to us with any questions you have about your coverage.

How can I get started with the best sports medicine specialist near me?

At PT Family Medicine, it’s important to us that our sports medicine services are as accessible as possible. We’ve made it easy to request an appointment – just using our online scheduling tool to select a time that works for you, and we’ll reach out as soon as possible.