What are the signs and symptoms of bursitis?

Updated: Dec 11, 2020
  • Author: Kristine M Lohr, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Patients with bursitis have a history that may include the following:

  • Localized tenderness
  • Decreased range of motion or pain with movement
  • Erythema or edema (seen in superficial bursitis)
  • History of repetitive movement (eg, frequent kneeling leading to prepatellar or infrapatellar bursitis)
  • History of inflammatory disease (eg, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • History of trauma

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