The bursa is a small sack of fluid which sits on top of the hand.(Radial and Ulna Bursas) Our wrist are constantly in motion and can be subject to this painful and annoying complaint. Often the repeated trauma can become inflamed and swollen. This discomfort is often seen in weight lifters, cyclists and sports where we place added weight on our hands. Symptoms include: pain in the wrist when it is bent back and weight is placed on it.  Sometimes a small lump or swelling is apparent on top of the wrist. Treatment: Rest, apply cold therapy in the first instance, wear a support, apply heat after day 3, take some anti-inflammatory medication. Ultra-sound can also be effective. Your doctor may also aspirate the bursa (needle it).  


John Hart

“Master’s In Education” (Disability) Newcastle University Australia

“Grad Cert Education” Newcastle University Australia

“Diploma Fitness/Recreation”

“Diploma of Sport and Recreation”

“Cert 4 Personal Training”

“Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach”

Member of ASCA (Australian Strength and Conditioning Association)

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