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Differences And Similarities Between Tendonitis And Bursitis

Tendonitis and bursitis are common conditions that involve inflammation of the soft tissue around the muscles and bones. Tendonitis affects the tendon of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle. Meanwhile, bursitis is an inflammation of a bursa, which is the small fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between moving bones, muscles, or tendons. Learn about the similarities and differences between tendonitis and bursitis below!

Tendonitis & Bursitis

Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendon, which is a fibrous tissue that connects muscle to bone to help with bone mobility. Just like tendonitis, bursitis is an inflammation; however, it affects the bursa that helps muscles glide smoothly over each other.

Comparing Tendonitis & Bursitis

Tendonitis and bursitis are two of the most common joint problems. Tendonitis and bursitis can be caused by age, intense injury, repeated stress, and overuse. While tendonitis and bursitis are different, patients tend to mistake them as one. What they have in common is that they both cause pain and can often occur in the same area.

Key Differences Between Tendonitis & Bursitis

Tendonitis is almost always caused by overuse or misuse of the tendons. On the other hand, bursitis is often an indication that there are more serious problems going on in the muscles. Although both conditions may feel similar when it comes to discomfort, tendon pain usually occurs during movement compared to bursitis pain, which can be felt even when resting.

Dr. Jacob Rozbruch and our staff welcome any questions you may have regarding bursitis and tendonitis. Contact our office at 212-744-9857, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!


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