Bursitis often is not usually a serious disorder. It may clear up on it’s own in a week or so, especially if you keep pressure off the tender spot while it remains swollen. If bursitis persists, you need to consult a physician. Then, the physician will examine your joint to make the diagnosis. To bring down any swelling and relieve pain and stiffness, non-steroidal drugs (NSAIDS) may be prescribed.
The doctor may draw off the fluid with a needle and give injections of a corticosteroid medication along with a local anesthetic, to relieve pain and inflammation.
Bursitis often recurs in the same place. You may ask your doctor or physical therapist to tell you about exercises to help prevent formation of scar tissue, and do them faithfully. It is important to learn to avoid putting pressure over the area that is inflamed. Occasionally, the bursa can become infected and shoulder surgery becomes necessary. If conservative treatment fails, surgical removal of the bursa may be necessary.