Bursitis Specialist Singapore

Dr. Bryan Tan

MBBS (SINGAPORE) MMED (ORTHO) FRCS ED (ORTH)

Bursitis is the irritation and inflammation of the bursa, a tiny, liquid-filled sac that protects the surrounding tissues, preventing friction between the bones and soft tissues (such as muscles, tendons or ligaments). Bursitis commonly affects the hips, shoulders and elbows.It is vital to understand your symptoms and seek medical treatment as soon as possible, as early diagnosis and management can reduce the complications of bursitis.

What Is Bursitis?

Bursitis is the irritation and inflammation of the bursa, a tiny, liquid-filled sac that protects the surrounding tissues, preventing friction between the bones and soft tissues (such as muscles, tendons or ligaments). Bursitis commonly affects the hips, shoulders and elbows.

While bursitis is a fairly common shoulder injury, it can cause significant discomfort and disrupts everyday activities.

It is vital to understand your symptoms and seek medical treatment as soon as possible, as early diagnosis and management can reduce the complications of bursitis.

What Causes Bursitis?

  • Hip, shoulder or elbow injury
  • Overuse of the joint
  • Inflammation from other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, scoliosis or thyroid disorders
  • Obesity
Is bursitis affecting your quality of life, and your ability to perform everyday activities such as working, playing sports and wearing your clothes?
Dr. Bryan will assess your symptoms in detail before recommending the right treatment plan for your condition.

How Is Bursitis Treated?

The common non-surgical remedies for hip bursitis include:

  • Rest. Avoiding excessive hip, shoulder and arm movement can prevent further irritation and inflammation of your bursa.
  • Ice compression can minimise swelling and redness.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, diclofenac, etoricoxib and aspirin can be taken to alleviate pain and reduce swelling.
  • A cortisone injection may also be directly administered to the affected joint area to treat swelling.
  • Physical therapy may be recommended to regain the function and mobility of the joints.
  • Aspiration. This is the removal of excess liquid from a swollen and inflamed bursa using a special thin needle to alleviate pain. Samples of this substance may be sent for further testing if your bursa is suspected to be infected. 

Surgery is rarely performed for bursitis. However, your bursa may need to be removed in more severe cases or if non-surgical treatment options are ineffective in alleviating symptoms.

Bursectomy, which is the surgical drainage and removal of the bursa sac, is a standard treatment for an infected bursa.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is bursitis serious? When should I visit a doctor?
Can you get bursitis again?
How to Prevent Bursitis?

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Initial Consultation & Diagnosis of your Condition

During your consultation, Dr. Bryan will evaluate your medical history and the pain you are experiencing. You may also ask Dr. Bryan any questions you may have about your condition.

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STEP 3

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