Causes of bursitis and tendinitis
What Causes These Conditions?
Bursitis is commonly caused by overuse or direct trauma to a joint. Bursitis may occur at the knee or elbow; for example, from kneeling or leaning on the elbows longer than usual on a hard surface. Tendinitis is most often the result of a repetitive injury in the affected area. These conditions occur more often with age. Tendons become less flexible with age, and therefore, more prone to injury.
People such as carpenters, gardeners, musicians, and athletes who perform activities that require repetitive motions or place stress on joints are at higher risk for tendinitis and bursitis.
An infection, arthritis, gout, thyroid disease, and diabetes can also bring about inflammation of a bursa or tendon.
Causes of Tendinitis and Bursitis:
- Stress injury/ Over use - repetitive activities e.g. running, lifting, any sports
- Malalignment - e.g. scoliosis
- The aging process
- Certain inflammatory conditions - Reiter's syndrome also called Reactive arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Diabeties mellitus
- Endocrine disorders
- Infection e.g. TB