Bursitis is the inflammation of one or more “small sacs” (bursae) filled with synovial fluid, in the body. Bursae create a smooth, gliding surface for muscles or tendons to slide across bone. Bursitis is most commonly caused by repetitive motions, affecting mainly the knees and elbows. As a result pain can vary from localized joint pain and/or stiffness, to a sharp stinging pain that surrounds the joint.
Treatment at Queen West Physiotherapy and Acupuncture includes ice (initially), heat. Also therapeutic ultrasound, acupuncture, massage therapy, electrotherapy, and stretching and strengthening exercises. Our Physiotherapist can also apply acupuncture because it is effective in providing relief of the pain of the bursitis. It helps with promoting the circulation of energy and blood which helps with decreasing inflammation, tightness and spasms. It is also a common choice for people who do not work to take anti-inflammatories and pain medications.
Furthermore, Bursitis symptoms can have other causes as well. If you suspect bursitis, be sure to consult your physiotherapist. It is not uncommon that many people with bursitis also have other conditions, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, which can make it hard to diagnose. You can also have torn tendons or ligaments that are causing the bursa to become irritated.
After assessing your biomechanics, your physiotherapist may also recommend specific exercises (stretches or strengthening) to improve your pain and ability to move, plus prevent a recurrence.
In conclusion, untreated bursitis can result in calcification (bone growing) within the bursa and even nastier pain and disability.