Bursitis (cont.)

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What is the prognosis of bursitis?

The prognosis of bursitis is usually very good. Sometimes adjustment of activities ultimately leads to the best outcome. Infectious bursitis can require surgical resection of the bursa and antibiotics for cure. Gouty and calcific bursitis can often recur.

Can bursitis be prevented?

Bursitis that is caused by injury can be prevented by avoiding or minimizing trauma to the area. Roofers will often wear protective shields on their knees to prevent prepatellar bursitis. If gout is treated long term, gouty bursitis will eventually no longer occur.

Additional resources from WebMD Boots UK on Bursitis


Klippel, J.H., et al. Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases. New York: Springer, 2008.

Koopman, William, et al., eds. Clinical Primer of Rheumatology. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003.

Ruddy, Shaun, et al., eds. Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co., 2000.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/23/2013

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