Running a fever. When the bursae become infected or septic, the patient can easily run a fever. The fever is no more than the body’s attempt to combat the infection in the bursae. As the body’s defenses go into overdrive, the patient’s temperature tends to rise. How serious this condition depends upon the seriousness of the infection.

Reddened and inflamed tissues. Bursitis often causes inflammation a couple of days after the injury and initial pain. In the initial stages, Bursitis does not cause too much discomfort, and may only result in a low ache. As this is usually ignored, adequate rest is not given to the joint, and the condition continues to worsen. Ultimately, chronic trauma causes inflammation, and the joint swells visibly.

Extensive swelling. This usually occurs when the Bursitis has reached an advanced stage. When the bursa is extremely inflamed, the swelling will occur not only in the joint but also extend to a considerable extent on each side of the joint as well, reaching far up and down the adjoining limbs. If Bursitis affects the knee, for example, the swelling can extend almost to the ankle. Any area of the body that is experiencing Bursitis will show swelling proportional to the intensity of the condition.