A closer look at bursitis

By Terry Stanton

JAAOS article reviews diagnostic, treatment options

Bursitis is a common cause of pain of the knee (prepatellar), elbow (olecranon), hip (trochanteric), and heel (retrocalcaneal). The diagnosis must differentiate bursitis from arthritis, tendinitis, fracture, tendon or ligament injury, infection, and neoplasm. Bursitis may be septic or nonseptic, and distinguishing between the two forms can be challenging.

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