Bursitis

bursitisOften patients come into the office stating that they have been suffering with bursitis for months on end that nobody has been able to help them fix. Bursitis is a painful condition that affects the small, fluid-filled sacs — called bursae (bur-SEE) — that cushion the bones, tendons and muscles near your joints.

Bursitis occurs when bursae become inflamed. The most common locations for bursitis are in the shoulder, elbow and hip. But you can also have bursitis by your knee, heel and the base of your big toe. Bursitis often occurs near joints that perform frequent repetitive motion.

WHAT CAUSES BURSITIS?

Severe injury and overuse are the most common causes of Bursitis.

SOME ACTIVITIES COMMONLY ASSOCIATED WITH BURSITIS ARE:

  • Gardening
  • Raking
  • Carpentry
  • Shoveling 
  • Painting
  • Tennis
  • Golf 

 

WHO USUALLY GETS BURSITIS?

The chance for Bursitis greatly increases with age, as more wear and tear of tendons reduces their ability to handle impact. Elasticity of tendons and ligaments also greatly decreases as people age which also contributes to their decline in resilience and proneness to irritation and damage. 

 

MOST COMMON AREAS EFFECTED:

  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Achilles tendons

BURSITIS SYMPTOMS: 

Bursitis pain may develop rapidly or gradually with time. Rapid onset is usually associated with calcified deposits within the bursa cavity. Reduced mobility and range of motion are also highly characteristic of Bursitis as the joints are impacted and have reduced mobile function. 

HOW CAN I PREVENT BURSITIS?

  • REGULAR EXERCISE: building up your body’s ability to handle force gradually can greatly reduce the chances or developing Bursitis in the future.
  • STRETCHING: Stretching helps prevent maintain muscle flexibility and function reducing chances of injury.
  • USING PADDING: Using padding while kneeling reduces pressure on knees and protects joints.
  • LIFTING PROPERLY: Lifting properly reduces chances for injury and reduces chronic strain on the back and hips.  
  • USING A DOLLY: Minimize the potential for injury and strain on shoulders by using a dolly when moving heavy objects around.  
  • TAKE BREAKS: Taking rest breaks can reduce the impact of chronic stress from repetitive tasks on tissue. 
  • MAINTAIN A HEALTHY BMI: Holding extra weight puts more stress on joints.
  • CHIROPRACTIC CARE: Working with a chiropractor can help you develop a plan of action to help catch and reduce symptoms early on. 

Treatment typically involves resting the affected joint and protecting it from further trauma. In most cases, bursitis pain goes away within a few weeks with proper treatment, but recurrent flare-ups of bursitis are common. If you have had more than one flare up of Bursitis and tried rest or have been prescribed ibuprofen or NSAID’s by your General Practice Doctor, then perhaps it is time to work with a Doctor of Chiropractic who can help you.

DC’s are trained in proper diagnosis and treatment of bursitis. By having a proper diagnosis and performing movement assessments your Chiropractor at Santa Clara Custom Chiropractic can help create a rehab program and perform manual therapy/sports tissue work to help alleviate your pain, strengthen the weakened area and rehab you so that the pain does not come back.