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Bursitis- What is it?

A bursa is a small fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between bone and soft tissue (muscles, tendons and skin). Our bodies contain many bursae (150 +) which are usually found between bony surfaces and overlying tendons. Their role is to facilitate the movement of the tendons over the bony surface. A bursa reduces friction and assists joint movement.

Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa. 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.

What causes Bursitis?

Injury, repeated pressure and overuse are common causes of bursitis. Some conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout and diabetes, can also contribute to its development. Poor biomechanics, muscle weakness, tightness, movement patterns or postural habits can also contribute to bursitis.

Common sites for bursitis include the shoulder (subacromial bursa), hip (trochanteric bursa), knee (prepatellar bursa), elbow (olecranon bursa), Achilles tendon (retrocalcaneal bursa) and foot.

Bursitis pain may settle within a few weeks with the appropriate bursa treatment and may include:
-Anti-inflammatory medications
Acupuncture/dry needling
Shockwave therapy
Soft tissue techniques
-Identification of poor biomechanics
Exercises and Rehabilitation

Treatment using the above techniques plus identification and correction of poor movement patterns are used here at Tweed Coast Chiropractic. If you think we can help give us a call on 0266744032 or contact us.

In some cases where the above conservative treatment has been ineffective some people may need to consider corticosteroid/anaesthetic injections.  The other mechanism for bursitis may be disease related. If this is the case, please consult your doctor.