Joint health is an essential part of your overall quality of life. If you experience joint pain or inflammation, tendon or bursa injections may be a treatment to discuss with one of our physiatrists.

What is the bursa?

The bursa is a fluid-filled sack that sits between tendons, bones, and joints to act as a cushion; allowing tendons, bones, and joints to move without friction.

What is injected into the bursa to help alleviate pain?

An injection of a steroid and/or anesthetic into the bursa is designed to reduce inflammation and decrease pain. This may be a great option for those experiencing chronic joint pain. If you have pain and inflammation in a joint, your provider at Pain Rehabilitation Associates may prescribe bursa injections.

What to expect with your injection

After you have been recommended a bursa injection, one of our physicians will insert a small needle into the inflamed bursa to inject a steroid and/or local anesthetic into the bursa to relieve your pain. You may feel some discomfort during the procedure, but afterward, you should feel relief and numbness. Occasionally your symptoms may become worse in the days following, but this will decrease as the steroid begins to take effect. Depending on the relief you feel, you likely will require one round of injection treatment. However, if symptoms get worse or there is no change to your pain level, our physiatrist may explore other pain relief options for you.


Our providers at Pain Rehabilitation Associates understand how important joint health is to your overall quality of life. If you are experiencing chronic joint pain and would like to know more about how bursa injections can help you, call our office today at 888-YBN-PAIN to schedule your appointment.