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Understanding the causes of bursitis

| Apr 1, 2021 | Workplace Injuries

Often, having a physically active job means that you engage in repetitive motions. When a certain motion is repeated frequently every day, it can cause strains in your muscles, bones and tendons. This is why tendon and muscle injuries are particularly common in construction workers, and other workers who are physically active in their profession.

Bursitis is a condition that is tied closely to repetitive motion injuries. It is a painful condition that affects small, fluid-filled sacs in your body called bursae. These small sacs act as cushions in between your bones, tendons and muscles near your joints. When bursae become inflamed, bursitis is caused.

How do I know if I have bursitis?

If you are suffering with debilitating pain in a joint, for example in your hip, knee or elbow, you may have bursitis. Common signs of the condition include excessive swelling, a shooting pain, fever, feeling achy or stiff, and feeling pain when you try to move the joint. Make sure that you take action to consult with a doctor if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, and they may be able to successfully diagnose you.

What are the most common causes of bursitis?

Bursitis most often occurs in joints that are repeating a certain motion. Therefore, many people get bursitis as a result of their working conditions.

What is the treatment for bursitis?

It is important that the affected joint remains rested for a certain period of time, and that it is protected from further trauma. This may require that you take time off work while you recover.

Will I be eligible for workers’ compensation?

If you report your injury to your employer in good time and you can show that your injury was caused by work-related activities, you should be able to gain workers’ compensation.

Take swift action to gain the workers’ compensation that you deserve after being affected by bursitis.

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