Primary care physicians and physical therapists treat most normal cases of bursitis, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. A person with a complicated case of bursitis might need to see an orthopaedist or rheumatologist.
Bursitis is the inflammation of the fluid-filled sac known as the bursa that cushions a bone from the surrounding muscles, tendons or skin, explains MedlinePlus. Bursitis most commonly occurs in the knee or elbow and results from the overuse of a joint or an injury. Most cases of bursitis improve with rest and the use of pain medicines or ice. In certain cases a physician might inject a drug into the area around the swollen bursa. If the patient sees no improvement after six to 12 months of bursitis, he could need surgery to repair damage.