In some instances, you may be able to add or change the equipment associated with the activity causing your bursitis. For example, bursitis on the heel is usually caused by improperly fitting shoes. The solution is simple: Toss the shoes and put on a better-fitting pair.
A quarterback who is regularly being struck or bumped on the elbow may find that an elbow pad is all he needs to allow him to get back on the field. The housemaid mentioned in the sidebar could stand to invest in a set of knee pads. You get the idea. Your body does an amazing job of protecting itself, but when you are regularly asking it to adapt, you may need to make some adaptations yourself.