Pain in local areas. Bursae are small sacs that reduce the friction between the joints and tendons. If these sacs become inflamed, considerable local pain can result. This condition commonly affects joints like the shoulder and hip, and also the elbow. At times, the knee or heel may be affected, as also the shin. This condition is experienced as a dull pain in the area, which becomes acute if the affected limb is used. Non-prescription pain-killers will provide some relief, and the condition tends to resolve itself in about a fortnight.

An ache in the knee. When Bursitis affects the knee, the joint will experience localized pain. The knee joint contains three main bursae, and the mobility of the joint is affected when any or all of these are inflamed. This condition also results in an increase of tension in the tendons, and in the bones themselves. One of the causes of Bursitis is trauma to the joint, which means that if you have injured your knee lately, you shouldn’t be surprised if chronic pain and Bursitis results.