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What can you do to help prevent bursitis in your shoulders and elbows?

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To help prevent bursitis in your shoulders and elbows:

  • Avoid motions that put pressure on sore joints.
  • Don’t carry heavy loads that strain your shoulders. Use a cart, wagon, or dolly.
  • Be careful when you lift anything heavy. Ask for help.
  • Work with a physical therapist to learn safe ways to use your joints for normal activities.
  • When doing repeated movements, take breaks and rest your elbows and shoulders.
  • Warm up your joints and muscles before any activity.

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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