Anyone can develop bursitis, but certain factors may increase your risk:

  • Age. The occurrence of bursitis becomes more common with aging.
  • Occupations or hobbies. If you work in a profession or have a hobby that requires repetitive motion or pressure on particular bursae, you're at an increased risk of developing bursitis. Examples include carpet laying, tile setting, gardening, painting and playing a musical instrument.
  • Other medical conditions. Certain systemic diseases and conditions — such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout and diabetes — increase your risk of developing bursitis.
Sep. 24, 2011