What is Bursitis?
Our bodies have over 150 tiny fluid filled sacs, called bursae, that lubricate between tissues and joints. Without these it would be really hard to move as fluidly as we do. Our more important joints (shoulders, ankles, elbows and knees) usually have bursae right next to the tendons. Bursitis occurs when the bursa become inflamed or irritated. The joints are not the area that is causing the pain but the tissues that surround the joints are the afflicted area.
Bursitis is common in people who are already suffering from arthritis or have overexerted their bodies. It is caused by the alignment or moving the body in an irregular way. If you do not warm up prior to exercise or heavy lifting bursitis can occur because the muscles have not been warmed up properly. Weak muscles can also cause this to happen.
It is really important to ease yourself into a physical activity. If you have not lifted weights for 5 years and all of a sudden decide to go knock out a 4 hour lifting session you are setting yourself up for bursitis. Make sure that you gradually ease back into a lifting or exercise routine rather than jumping in it all at once.
These useful tips can help prevent and reduce the recurrence of bursitis.
- Exercise regularly by doing range-of-motion exercises to maintain strength and flexibility, especially your core abdominal muscles.
- Stretch your muscles or warm up before physical activity.
- Practice good posture by not slouching, walking with a stooped back or leaning on your elbows.
- Take regular breaks from daily activities that place repetitive strain on your muscles or joints.
- Avoid sitting still for long periods and make an effort to move around more.
- Alternate the activities by resting or participating in activity that does not cause discomfort.
- Protect your wrists and hands by using utensils or pens with large or foam-covered handles so that do not clench or grip too tightly.
- Use cushioned chairs and kneeling and elbow pads to protect joints and provide added support.
- Wear supportive shoes. Avoid wearing shoes that do not fit properly and wear heel cups or shoe inserts if required.
- Avoid smoking as smoking weakens collagen production needed for wound and tissue healing.
Bursitis Diagnosis and Treatments
When you go to the doctor they will thoroughly check out the area that is in pain. They will be looking for tenderness and swelling. There is a good chance they will use additional tests such as X-rays, blood tests or extraction of the fluid in the bursae for further testing.
You will need to rest the area that is afflicted by bursitis and apply ice if it is severely inflamed. Heat is used for chronic inflammation. The doctor will probably prescribe a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, cortisone or medication to help with the pain. Every case is different so you might receive one or all of these medications. In rare cases, an aspiration procedure is used to remove the excess fluid from the swollen bursae. This is done with a needle and syringe in a sterile environment. Bursitis usually heals on it’s own when you take care and not exert the afflicted joint any more than you need to.
Boswellia, White Willow and Turmeric are herbs that have been proven to help with inflammation. Devil’s Claw has properties that will give you great support while your joints heal themselves. Glucosamine is naturally produced in the body and is concentrated in areas surrounding our bones and joints. It is the bodies natural way of healing our joints and bones. Go to your local vitamin store and get a bottle of glucosamine and use it regularly, like the bottle says. As always, the most important thing you can do is not overexert yourself and drink plenty of fluids.
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