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Bursa Injections

Bursa injections can help soothe joint pain caused by arthritis, bursitis and other painful inflammatory diseases. A bursa is a gel-filled sac that helps muscles and tendons glide over bones. You have bursae in your shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and other parts of your body.

When bursae get swollen, they can cause joint pain. But a steroid medication injected into your bursa can help reduce the inflammation and alleviate the pain.

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The doctor will numb your skin with a local anesthetic. Then he or she will insert a thin needle into your bursa, with the guidance of fluoroscopy or ultrasound, to inject a mixture of anesthetic and steroid. You will be awake during the procedure. It only takes a few minutes, and you can go home the same day.

The risk of complication from a bursa injection is very low. However, there could be bruising, swelling or inflammation at the injection site.

Side effects of the steroid medication are rare, but can include:

  • Flushed face
  • Slight fever
  • Hiccups
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Water retention
  • Increased appetite
  • Increased heart rate
  • Abdominal cramping or bloating

These effects resolve within a few days.

Are you ready to stop living life in pain?