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Common Causes And Risk Factors Of Bursitis

Throughout the body, there are fluid-filled sacs that cushion the muscles, tendons, and bones. They provide cushioning for tissues near the joints so the joints can function without pain. The sacs are called bursae. If one of them becomes inflamed, the condition is called bursitis. Bursitis can occur in multiple places throughout the body, though it's most commonly found in the elbow, hip, and shoulder. Other places bursitis may occur include the heel, base of the big toe, and the knee. The most common risk factor for bursitis development is repetitive and long-lasting motion of the associated joint. Most cases of bursitis can resolve at home without needing extended medical care. However, if affected individuals have serious pain or present with symptoms of infection, they need to see a doctor to prevent potentially serious complications.

Repetitive Overhead Lifting

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Repetitive overhead lifting can cause individuals to develop shoulder bursitis. This condition is the main leading cause of pain in the shoulders. Shoulder bursitis is more likely to develop in elderly people, middle-aged individuals, and those who have preexisting muscle weakness. If individuals repeatedly move their arm over their head, their chances of developing inflammation increase. There's also been a link between overhead lifting, poor posture, and shoulder bursitis. Individuals who work out must make sure they're using the correct form and posture for every lift. Athletes should constantly be aware of the set of their spine and shoulders. The same is true for construction workers, manufacturers, retail workers, food service workers, and others whose jobs involve manual labor.

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