Understanding Bursa Injections at Wollongong Diagnostics

Bursa Injections

Understanding Bursa Injections at Wollongong Diagnostics

Understanding Bursa Injections at Wollongong Diagnostics

What Does a Bursa Injection Do?

At Wollongong Diagnostics, our commitment to alleviating pain and enhancing joint functionality often leads us to recommend bursa injections to our patients. But what is a bursa injection, and what are its uses? This procedure, aimed at reducing discomfort in joints or soft tissues, is both effective and minimally invasive.

The Basics of Bursa Injections

A bursa injection involves administering a mix of a cortisone steroid and anaesthetic directly into a joint or a bursa – a small fluid-filled sac that provides cushioning between bones and soft tissues. The primary goal of this treatment is to diminish pain and inflammation in areas such as the shoulders, hips, knees, wrists, and elbows. For more detailed information, visit our joint and bursa injections page.

Common Reasons for a Bursa Injection

Bursa injections are often considered when patients present with conditions such as:

  • Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursa, often resulting in joint pain and stiffness.
  • Arthritis: Especially in cases where joint swelling and pain are significant.
  • Tendonitis: Inflammation or irritation of the tendons.
  • Joint Injuries: Post-injury situations where inflammation persists.

By targeting these conditions, bursa injections can play a crucial role in pain management and rehabilitation.

How It’s Performed

At Wollongong Diagnostics, a highly trained radiologist performs the procedure under ultrasound or CT guidance, ensuring precision. The needle used is finer than those used for blood tests, making the process less uncomfortable.

When Is It Recommended?

A bursa injection is typically advised following diagnostic imaging, like an X-ray or ultrasound, that has pinpointed the exact problem area. This confirmation by a radiologist ensures the treatment targets the specific area, maximising its effectiveness.

Safety and Aftercare

While bursa injections are generally safe, patients may feel a brief sting during the steroid injection, but this discomfort quickly fades. It’s normal to experience some soreness at the injection site for the remainder of the day. We recommend resting the affected joint or area for 24 hours post-injection.

If you experience ongoing pain, redness, swelling, or fever after the procedure, contact your doctor immediately.

Preparation for the Procedure

No special preparation is needed for a bursa injection. However, if you’re on blood thinners, you may be asked to stop them temporarily. Our team will guide you on which medications to pause and for how long.

Getting a Bursa Injection at Wollongong Diagnostics

Bursa injections at Wollongong Diagnostics offer a significant advancement in treating various conditions causing joint and soft tissue pain. These injections provide a viable option for managing pain and inflammation, aiding in the restoration of normal activity levels.

If you’re suffering from joint pain or related conditions and think a bursa injection might help, reach out to us at Wollongong Diagnostics. Our experts are dedicated to delivering top-notch care and guidance.

To learn more or to book an appointment for a bursa injection, visit Wollongong Diagnostics. Let us assist you on your journey to pain relief and enhanced joint health.



Healthcare decisions should always be made in consultation with a qualified health professional. If you’re considering a Bursa Injection, discuss it with your healthcare provider to ensure it’s the right choice for your specific health needs.