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:
  • Syphilis
  • Chronic Infection
  • Gout
  • Tuberculosis

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
genital sores
sugary soft drinks consumption
drinking beer
significant mouth sores
drinking beer/wine/hard liquor
chronic productive cough
significant abdominal distension
significant history of cysts
having had very many sexual partners
high refined sugar consumption
... 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
Syphilis 96% Confirm
Tuberculosis 20% Unlikely
Gout 4% Ruled out
Chronic Infection 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:
Chronic / Hidden Infection

Both acute and chronic infections, notably staphylococcus, have been known to cause bursitis.

Gout / Hyperuricemia

Gout is one possible cause of bursitis.

STD Syphilis

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

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