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.