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What are treatments for chronic bursitis?

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Prescription antibiotics can clear up bursitis caused by an infection. They’ll also ease the pain and swelling.

More aggressive treatments include:

  • Aspiration: The doctor will drain extra fluid from the bursa sac in your elbow joint.
  • Steroid shot: Your doctor can inject steroids into the bursa to ease inflammation. The shot works faster and is stronger than taking the medication by mouth. Some doctors do this after they aspirate the bursa.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Bursitis.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Bursitis of the Shoulder.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Elbow (Olecranon) Bursitis.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Shoulder Bursitis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bursitis: Shoulder and Home Remedies,” “Bursitis: Prevention,” “Bursitis:Treatment and Drugs.”

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: “Olecranon Bursitis,” “Shoulder Impingement/Rotator Cuff Tendinitis.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 26, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Bursitis.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Bursitis of the Shoulder.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Elbow (Olecranon) Bursitis.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Shoulder Bursitis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bursitis: Shoulder and Home Remedies,” “Bursitis: Prevention,” “Bursitis:Treatment and Drugs.”

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: “Olecranon Bursitis,” “Shoulder Impingement/Rotator Cuff Tendinitis.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 26, 2019

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