Stiffened joints. When the bursae in the joint are inflamed, not only is a pain a symptom of the injury, but the joint also tends to stiffen up considerably. If the patient has not rested the joint since the injury and allowed the bursae to suffer chronic trauma, the mobility of the joint may become severely restricted, and it may be quite some time before it regains its function. Doctors recommend that a person with an injured joint, and especially Bursitis, should try to move the affected joint as little as possible, to rest it, and promote healing. The more one rests the joint, the faster the inflammation will subside, and the faster one will regain mobility.
Ruptures in the skin. Ruptures in the skin usually occur when an infection of the bursae has grown unusually severe. As the infection spreads through the tissue, the resulting swelling causes ruptures in the skin. This cracked skin is exceedingly painful, and this is obviously a serious condition that requires considerable medical care.
Local reddening of the skin and a feeling of warmth. Erythema often accompanies Bursitis and is a local reddening of the skin. This reddened area will blanch, or become pale when pressed down upon. The area will also feel warm. It is a common experience of those who suffer Bursitis that the affected joint swells up and becomes exceedingly painful, and also grows reddened with the skin being stretched tight and warm to the touch. If proper treatment is applied, these symptoms will quickly subside and the joint will regain its mobility.
Chills. One of the more rare effects of Bursitis is shivering, in which the patient feels a chill even if they happen to be in a warm or temperate area. While, as I mentioned, this symptom is rare, it can occur no matter which joint of the body is affected with Bursitis. A combination of joint pain and shivering is considered a fairly definite indicator of Bursitis.