What Causes Bursitis?

In order to deal properly with bursitis we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow bursitis to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind bursitis consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to bursitis.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Gout
  • Syphilis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Chronic Infection

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
tuberculosis in family members
moderate alcohol consumption
occasional unexplained fevers
high refined sugar consumption
having had many sexual partners
drinking beer/wine/hard liquor
often/always feeling unusually cold
drinking beer
history of gout
major fatigue for 3-12 months
drinking hard liquor
... and more than 10 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of bursitis:
Cause Probability Status
Tuberculosis 94% Confirm
Syphilis 17% Unlikely
Chronic Infection 4% Ruled out
Gout 3% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate joint problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you had Bursitis (painful inflammation of joints, usually caused by overuse and/or excess pressure)?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Some, in the past
→ Numerous past episodes
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of bursitis or bursitis, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Gout / Hyperuricemia

Gout is one possible cause of bursitis.

STD Syphilis

Syphilis has been known to be an underlying cause of bursitis.


Tuberculosis has been known to be an underlying cause of bursitis.

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