BURSITIS

– Inflammation of the bursa.

ETIOLOGIES

  • Excessive trauma
  • Excessive friction
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

MANIFESTATIONS

  • Point tenderness
  • Limited ROM
  • Calcified bursa
  • History of repeated trauma

NURSING INTERVENTIONS

  1. Assess bursal area and surrounding tissues for ROM limitations.
  2. Apply moist compress to the area.
      • warm: decrease swelling
      • cold: prevent swelling
  3. Support inflamed tissues.
  4. Arm support/sling if shoulder bursa is affected.
  5. Administer prescribed medications.
  6. Arrange follow up visits.
  7. Refer to physical therapist for exercise regimen.

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