Understanding Bursitis -- Symptoms

Medically Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on January 16, 2021

What Are the Symptoms of Bursitis?

Common symptoms of bursitis include:

  • Pain and (rarely) swelling in the shoulders, elbows, hips, or knees, particularly stretching or extending the joint while exercising, lifting, or otherwise pushing the joint to its limits
  • Restricted or lost range of motion in a joint, especially affecting the shoulder, with or without immediate pain
  • Muscle weakness due to pain


Call Your Doctor About Bursitis If:

  • Pain in or near a joint persists more than two weeks.
  • You are unable to move the affected area.
  • You have unusual swelling near a joint, such as the elbow.
  • You have a fever with your bursitis symptoms.