Is Bursitis Causing Your Pain?

Chiropractic Care Offers Effective Non-invasive Relief

Are you bothered by persistent pain near the major joints in the body? Bursae are fluid filled sacks that are in the elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, and Achilles tendons.  Due to stress, overuse, or injury to any of these joints the sac or bursa may swell, causing a painful condition called bursitis.  Various activities may cause bursitis, especially gardening, raking, carpentry, shoveling, painting, scrubbing, tennis, golf, throwing, pitching, and incorrect posture.  Bursitis is especially prevalent in people with: rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, and thyroid problems. People who take medications and the aged are also commonly affected.

The symptoms of bursitis are similar and nearly the same as the symptoms of tendonitis: localized tenderness, swelling, and pain during movement. Like with tendonitis, that pain can appear suddenly and feel quite severe, or the pain can come on slowly and gradually buildup in severity.

Repetitive motions may cause excess friction, which in turn could lead to inflammation and pain of the bursa. This is similar to how repetitive motions can cause tendonitis. In fact, since the bursa takes the brunt of this friction, it can easily become painful and inflamed – otherwise known as bursitis.

This may also occur when the bursa is compressed for extended periods of time. Injury is another prominent cause of bursitis, as are certain underlying rheumatic conditions, like gout or arthritis. Age can also be a factor in the development of bursitis. As a person ages there tendons become less elastic, less resistant to stress, and easier to tear.

Once pain presents, it is important to stop doing the activities that aggravate your bursitis.  A gradual conditioning period is advisable for any new physical activity.  Using ice over the painful region can help.

Chiropractic care can be an excellent choice for relief of bursitis. Not only does chiropractic care avoid the use of medications or surgeries, it aims to address the source of the pain as well as relieve the symptoms. By actually fixing the structural components of you’re the effected areas (bones, muscles, etc.), you can experience both pain relief and prevention of future problems.


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