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RICE & MICE: Ouch, my bursa!

A bursa is a thin, fluid filled sac that helps cushion and reduce friction in joints between the skin, and tendons or between skin and bone. Usually, a bursa only contains a small amount of fluid, like a zipper sandwich baggie with a tablespoon of olive oil in it. Bursitis is an inflammation of a bursa and commonly occurs in the shoulder, knee, elbow, and hip and sometimes the ankle and foot. Bursitis may be acute or chronic and may be caused by overuse of a joint or trauma to the joint. Trauma or repeated movements can irritate the bursa …