Common Bursitis Questions

What causes bursitis?

Actions that contribute to bursitis are not limited to movements, such as repetitive motions like pitching, kneeling or lifting.  Bursitis can also be caused by staying in a particular position for a long time, such as sitting or leaning.  Trauma or injury to the area can also lead to bursitis, as well as infection, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout.

My doctor prescribed your pain medication cream for the bursitis in my shoulder. Can I use your pain medication cream on my elbow, too?

Even if it’s the same problem, such as bursitis, we want to encourage you to first speak with your prescriber about using pain medication the cream for additional painful areas.  Continue to use your specially compounded pain medication for the original pain complaint for which it was prescribed, and please call your doctor’s office to ask about applying it to more than the original area.  We also recommend that the pain medication cream not be applied to more than 10% of your body surface area (BSA) unless specifically instructed by your physician.  If you need the phone number to your doctor’s office, you can find it here:  (link to sign in)

I have your Transdermal Therapeutics cream for my bursitis.  Where should I apply the pain medication cream?

Your specially compounded pain medication cream should be applied to the painful joint which prompted your visit to the doctor's office (or nurse practitioner, PA, or other prescriber).  Please make sure to apply to intact skin (no breaks or incisions) to ensure that you deliver the correct dose of medicine to the painful area.

How do I get a prescription for a Transdermal Therapeutics cream for bursitis pain relief?

Because this is prescribed topical pain medication, it requires a prescription from your doctor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or other medical provider.  After your office visit, the prescription will be faxed here to us, and we will contact you for the information we need to provide your pain medication as quickly as possible.