Pain from inflammation can be acute or chronic. Acute inflammation is typically considered healthy, whereas chronic inflammation may be a sign of something more serious.

Orthopedic inflammation can be present in several different forms: in the joint, joint tissue, bursa, or tendons. This inflammation can result in arthritis, tendonitis, pain, and disrupted healing when injuries are sustained.

Inflammation can often be managed with rest and pain management techniques. Our specially trained pain physicians at Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster will work with you to understand the source of your pain and design a personalized pain management plan.


  • Pain and tenderness near or at a joint
  • Pain and symptoms may worsen with activity or at night


  • Repetitive stress or overuse such as with running or bicycling
  • Trauma or injury
  • Structural abnormality such as leg length inequality
  • Systemic disease such as diabetes

Risk Factors

  • Participating in sports or high-impact activities such as running or bicycling
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Excess weight


  • Evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon
  • X-ray to show bone health
  • MRI or CT scan to show soft tissue health

Treatment Options

  • RICE therapy: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation
  • Nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory medications for pain relief
  • Corticosteroid injections to a joint or bursa for pain relief
  • Physical therapy that may include modalities such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation
  • Immobilization of the affected area using a brace
  • Surgical repair may be necessary in severe cases. This can range from the removal of the affected bursa or inflamed tissue to joint replacement.