WHAT IS BURSITIS?
Bursitis is an issue that affects the small, fluid-filled sacs known as bursae. A bursa is a small fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between bone and soft tissue (muscles, tendons, and skin) These bursae prevent friction and allow for smooth joint movements. When you overuse or injure a joint, a nearby bursa can become irritated or inflamed. The bursa fills with excess fluid, causing significant pain and restricting movement
CAUSES OF BURSITIS
One of the most common causes of bursitis is injury, overuse or repetitive motions that put stress on a particular joint. This can happen in sports such as tennis or golf, where the same movements are repeated frequently. Poor biomechanics, muscle weakness, tightness, movement patterns or postural habits can also contribute to bursitis. Some conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout and diabetes, can also contribute to its development.
The most common sites for bursitis include the shoulder (subacromial bursa), hip (trochanteric bursa), knee (prepatellar bursa), elbow (olecranon bursa), Achilles tendon (retrocalcaneal bursa) and foot.
SYMPTOMS OF BURSITIS
The most common symptom of bursitis is pain in the affected joint, which can range from mild to severe. Other symptoms may include stiffness, swelling, and tenderness in the area. The joint may also feel warm to the touch or appear red and inflamed.
The good news is that bursitis relief can often be treated using non-invasive methods. Resting your joints and avoiding activities that aggravate them can help reduce inflammation and provide relief.
Our chiropractors use individualised treatments and may include the following techniques to treat bursitis:
- Acupuncture/dry needling
- Shockwave therapy
- Soft tissue techniques
- Identification of poor biomechanics
- Exercises, stretches, and rehabilitation
- Manual adjustments and mobilisation
Bursitis pain may settle within a few weeks with the appropriate bursa treatment, but can sometimes take longer. Treatment using the above techniques plus identification and correction of poor movement patterns are used by our chiropractors here at Tweed Coast Chiropractic.
While bursitis can be caused by various factors, there are steps you can take to prevent it from occurring in the first place. This includes making sure your body is biomechanically balanced, avoiding repetitive motions or overuse of a particular joint, maintaining good posture and body mechanics during physical activities, and doing a dynamic warm up before and stretching after exercise.
Bursitis is common and can cause discomfort and limit mobility. However, with help from our chiropractors, in most cases it can be managed and treated. If you are experiencing joint pain or suspect you may have bursitis, consult with our chiropractors. Remember to listen to your body and don’t ignore pain and niggles that go on for an extended period of time. Stay active, but always give your joints the rest they need. If you have questions about bursitis, or would like to book an appointment with one of our chiropractors, get in touch!
In some rare cases where the above conservative treatment has been ineffective, some people may need to consider corticosteroid/anaesthetic injections. Secondly, the cause may be disease related. If this is the case, we would refer to your general practitioner.