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What should I do to treat an inflamed bursa?

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To treat an inflamed bursa, try these simple steps first:

Rest. Take it easy for a few days. Don’t do anything that seems to make your symptoms worse. You can still do low-impact or gentle exercises like a light walk or stationary bike ride.

Ice. Put an ice pack on sore spot 3 to 4 times a day. You can also use a bag of frozen veggies like peas or corn. Leave it on for 20 minutes at a time.

Medicate. Take a mild, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen or naproxen sodium.

Elevate. Prop up the sore joint while you rest on the couch. This may ease the swelling.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Prepatellar (Kneecap) Bursitis.”

National Health Services: “Treating bursitis.”

MayoClinic.org: “Knee bursitis: Self-management,” “Knee bursitis: Treatment.”

A Healthier Michigan: “Grow Your Garden Without Aches and Pains.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 26, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Prepatellar (Kneecap) Bursitis.”

National Health Services: “Treating bursitis.”

MayoClinic.org: “Knee bursitis: Self-management,” “Knee bursitis: Treatment.”

A Healthier Michigan: “Grow Your Garden Without Aches and Pains.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 26, 2019

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