These vary a bit, depending on where your bursitis is acting up. If it hurts directly around a joint when you move or bend, it could be a sign of acute bursitis. Pain levels vary for the chronic type, but your range of motion is likely to be limited. You also might see swelling, especially in the kneecap, elbow, or heel. Chronic bursitis in the hips, shoulders, and inner knee doesn't get inflamed as much.