The New York City Spine Institute is dedicated to treating your bursitis condition. Whether the right treatment option includes medications, physical therapy, or surgery, we want to help improve your quality of life.*

orthopedic patient with bursitis


Bursitis is a condition that can be extremely painful and affects the small, fluid-filled sacs called the bursae. The bursae are the cushion for the bones, tendons, and muscles that are near your joints. Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursae and is most commonly located in the shoulder, elbow, and hip. Bursitis often takes place in areas that perform frequent repetitive motions. 

At the New York City Spine Institute, our highly skilled team of medical professionals are trained specifically on the latest diagnostics, medical treatments, and advanced technologies in pain related conditions. We offer a variety of treatment plans to help relieve symptoms associated with bursitis.*

To schedule a free consultation, call our office today. We have offices that are located throughout greater New York City, Long Island, White Plains, and Newburgh, NY.


Quality Care

Here at NYSI we are proud to provide the most personalized care for our patients specific diagnosis. Our highly educated and well trained doctors are among some of the best specialists that supply you with the highest quality of care for your treatment options.

Industry Leaders

Our industry leaders are highly experienced in a variety of neck and spine disorders, under the guidance of our medical director, Alexandre B. de Moura, M.D. FAAOS, we strive to provide each of our patients with the ultimate highest quality of treatment options that are proper for your condition.

Multiple Languages

Our team here at NYSI also speak various different languages to further accommodate our patients. Languages include Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, and Russian. We are happy to serve all of our patients needs.

Understanding the Causes Of Your Bursitis

Bursitis is usually caused by an injury or a trauma to the affected area, or pressure on a specific area by overuse of a joint. The most common causes of bursitis are repetition of movements or positions that put pressure on the bursae around the joint. Some of the high-risk activities include:

  • Gardening
  • Raking 
  • Carpentry
  • Shoveling
  • Painting 
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Throwing a baseball 
  • Leaning on your elbows for an extended amount of time

Diagnosing Your Bursitis

Doctors can often give a proper diagnosis of bursitis just based on medical history and by performing a physical exam, checking for any swelling or inflammation around the joints and areas that are causing discomfort and pain. However, if there is a need for further testing to diagnose bursitis these tests might include imaging tests or X-ray images to help understand the causes of pain, or lab tests to analyze the fluid from the inflamed bursae to exactly pinpoint the cause of joint inflammation.  

To properly diagnose bursitis and to determine a treatment plan that is appropriate for your specific condition, seeking professional care is the most effective way to begin relieving any symptoms.*

Treatment Options For Bursitis

Bursitis typically gets better on its own overtime and with the proper amount of rest, but recurring flare-ups are common, in which case other treatment options may be helpful. The various other treatment methods for bursitis relief may include:

  • Medication: if inflammation of your bursae if caused by an infection, it is possible your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic 


  • Therapy: physical therapy can strengthen the muscles and ease the pain to prevent recurrence 
  • Injections: A corticosteroid drug injection into the bursae may quickly relieve any serious pain and reduce inflammation in the affected area 
  • Surgery: it is very rare, but in some cases it may be necessary to surgically drain the inflamed bursae to relieve any severe inflammation and pain from the affected area


*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment varies from patient to patient and depending on your specific condition. The New York City Spine Institute does not guarantee certain results.

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