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Jan142019

Bursitis

What is a Bursa?

A bursa is a bag of lubricant which provides a low-friction, slippery and smooth interfaces between two tissues in your body eg a tendon and a bone.

Bursae are found throughout your body, where muscles and tendons glide over bones. You have more than 150 bursae in your body. Without your bursa between these surfaces, your movements would be painful due to friction. Much like the pain associated with bursitis.

What Causes Bursitis?

Your bursa can be injured via direct trauma, or more commonly via repeated irritation.

During painful bursitis, your bursa loses its painless and low-friction gliding capabilities. The added bulk of the swollen bursa causes more friction within an already confined space.

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