Warm It Up
You may be asking, "Didn't they just say to cool it down?" Yes, but after the initial swelling has been brought down, heat from a heating pad or heat pack will not only feel good but will get rid of excess fluid in the bursa by increasing circulation.
A little gentle massage can also achieve the same effect, but avoid massage if an infection is connected with your bursitis [source: University of Maryland Medical Center]. It's also recommended that you warm up the joint with some gentle activity before returning to the work or sport that is at the heart of your condition.