This last week we had a patient that came in with bursitis. A bursa is a fluid filled sac at a joint that helps to lubricate the joint. Well bursitis is when this bursa gets inflamed. Due to the inflammation, more fluid is made. This little sac then expands with excess fluid. Here is a picture I found online.
See the big knots on his elbows? Those are bursa that have become inflamed. You're probably thinking ok no big deal so what. Well to take care of these, the doctor has to aspirate it (drain it with a needle). OUCH!!!!
Well the doctor got everything set up and then while slapping the stool, said "have a seat." He walked me through the injection to numb it as well as aspirating it. WOOHOO!
Not a big deal, but one more thing I've done that only doctors can do.