What is Bursitis?

Repetitive motion injuries can be severe and may result in an employee’s inability to complete necessary daily tasks due to pain. Among the most common types of repetitive motion problems is bursitis. Bursitis occurs when the small fluid-filled sacks, called bursae, that cushion bones, tendons, and muscles near your joints become inflamed. With the help of WorkSTEPS, many employers are finding success in the fight against bursitis through post-employment screening and testing.

Most Commonly Affected Areas

The human body contains more than 150 bursae. While bursitis can be cause by infection in the bursae, it occurs most often in the joints that frequently engage in repetitive motions, such as typing at a keyboard or repeatedly bending over. The areas of the body that are most commonly affected by bursitis are the:

  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Hips

If the affected joint is allowed to rest and recover for a period of time, bursitis will usually go away on its own. However, if no recovery time is allowed or if the joint is not properly protected, bursitis can become a chronic issue.

Contact a WorkSTEPS Representative Today

If repetitive motion injuries such as bursitis are a common concern among you and your employees, contact a WorkSTEPS representative to get help with post-employment screening and testing by calling us at 512-617-4100 today. Learn more about how we can help you make your workplace a safe and productive environment.