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Chronically Inflamed Bursaby John P. Reilly, MD,* and James A. Nicholas, MD***Chief Resident, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, **Director of Orthopedics, Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, New York - last modified 2013-02-09 00:00
Clinics in Sports Medicine-Vol. 6, No. 2, April 1987


In sports, the musculoskeletal system is at risk of injury, overuse, and disability. Most of the research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of these injuries has focused on the more serious injuries involving tendons, bones, and ligaments; much less interest has focused on the nature of acute and chronic injury to the bursa. Disorders of the bursa are often mistakenly attributed to the pathology of other, more significant neighboring structures. However, neglecting these injuries is unfortunate, because they can limit maximal athletic performance. Moreover, the performer may develop additional injury if the initial examination and diagnosis do not consider damage to the bursa as the by-cause of the injury.

Accordingly, one should have a careful plan in diagnosing athletic injury regarding bursar trauma, so as to provide a concise and rational management scheme to treat these often overlooked injuries and achieve optimal clinical results.