Beware of Infection
If you've decided to "tough it out" and push through the pain associated with bursitis, make sure you're not ignoring a more serious problem. It's common to feel warmth around the swollen area, but if you're running a temperature, you may have an infection -- in which case you should see a doctor.
In addition, if symptoms like swelling and soreness persist for a period of two weeks or more, it's time to consult a physician [source: Johns Hopkins]. Your body is trying to tell you something. If you ignore it, you're simply delaying an unwelcome, and perhaps more serious, outcome.