Bursitis is a common condition that involves joint pain and swelling. Though it is more common as one ages, in reality there are still many risk factors that can cause bursitis
in people young and old. Bursitis is usually caused by injury or overuse of the joint. The treatment method for bursitis depends on the cause and an experienced chiropractic professional can determine the best course of action. It is important that you do not ignore the pain and consult a professional to prevent further injury or chronic pain.
What Is Bursitis?
There are many joints in the human body. These joints allow us to bend our knees, extend our arms, and wiggle the fingers. At each joint, bursa can be found. The bursae are like
small balloons filled with fluid that reduces the impact of friction between bones and other structures of the body. Bursitis occurs from the inflammation of the bursa. When inflamed, the bursa will produce more fluid causing the bursa to enlarge. Typically the inflammation is caused by excessive friction, an injury, or an underlying condition including rheumatoid arthritis. Infection is another less common cause of bursitis.
The largest indicator that bursitis is present includes pain and swelling at the site of a joint. It commonly occurs in the shoulder, elbow, knee and hip. The pain caused by bursitis is usually described as achy or stiff. Generally the pain will increase with movement. It will appear swollen and can also become red.
Bursitis often occurs near joints that perform frequent repetitive motion. Anyone can develop bursitis, but certain factors may increase your risk. Age is a common factor. Athletes, musicians, and others who use repetitive motion are also at risk. There are some medical conditions including arthritis and diabetes that increase the risk of bursitis as well. Trauma to a joint can also cause bursitis.
It is important to consult an expert like Dr. Dave at Accelerate Chiropractic & Rehab if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Disabling joint pain
- Pain for more than one week
- Excessive swelling, redness, or bruising in the affected area
- Sharp or shooting pain, especially when exercising or exerting yourself
- Joint pain accompanying a fever
Treatment of bursitis can depend on if there is an infection present. For non-infectious bursitis, properly executed physiotherapy, in conjunction with a customized treatment plan provides the greatest results. Joint elevation and rest, as well as the use of ice can also be beneficial. Your chiropractor can educate you on the best method to alleviate your symptoms. Typically, the use of compression bandages is not recommended as they can create more friction around the joint. If the bursa is infected, it may require antibiotics and in more aggressive bursitis, surgery may be needed.
Accelerate Chiropractic can help!
Accelerate Chiropractic are experts with these injuries and can determine the right treatment plan for whichever joint is causing your pain. Our specialists are fully equipped to provide you with treatment to eliminate or improve the condition as soon as possible. Dr. Dave Yancey and Dr. Erika Yancey are passionate about providing treatment that allows you to continue your lifestyle in full and resolve your bursitis symptoms. Learn about our experience
and contact us
today to schedule your personalized consultation. It’s time to reclaim the freedom that comes with mobility and comfort through Accelerate Chiropractic & Rehab’s care.