Bursitis is usually diagnosed through radiology –patients will be referred for a scan and advised that their ‘bursa’ is swollen. Once Bursitis has been officially diagnosed, they will usually be recommended treatment in the form of a cortisone injection. Cortisone is an anti-inflammatory which sounds like it would make sense because you there is swelling in your bursa. However, this is a bandaid and does not address the core issue: how did I get bursitis in the first place? The Bursa is a very thin wall with a little sack that contains joint fluid.
A healthy bursa is very thin which is why it can get a little fluid in it – if it gets swollen however, the walls become thicker, increasing the amount of fluid inside it. Injecting your bursa with cortisone will not necessarily get rid of the reason why the swollen bursa developed in the first place. We try to determine and treat the underlying condition rather than the swollen Bursa, itself, which we find to be a far more effective approach in the long run.