Bursa Injection

What is it?

A bursa is a small sac of lubricating fluid that helps muscles and tendons move over bones without friction. Bursae can be found in the shoulders, hips, knees and other areas of the body. At times, a bursa can become inflamed which can result in pain during movement. The pain may become more severe overtime and be present during rest.

What can I expect during the procedure?

One of our physicians will perform the bursa injection under ultrasound guidance. A combination of steroid and anesthetic (numbing) medication will be injected into the bursa through a needle.

What happens after the procedure?

We recommend that you take it easy for the remainder of the day. You may resume normal activities the next day. You may experience tenderness or aggravated symptoms for several days after the injection. You may use ice packs to help with this pain. Patients usually feel relief after a few days; however, it may take 10-14 days to take effect.

You should follow-up with your provider 2 weeks after the injection, so that we can assess its effectiveness and determine the next step in your care.