Bursitis

Do you have trouble reaching your shoulder above your head or get a painful hip when you lie too long on one side? May you have bursitis.

A bursa is a small fluid filled sac that sits between tendons and bones (or tendons and skin), preventing abrasive rubbing against bones as muscles contract and relax. Bursae can become inflamed in a condition is known as bursitis.

While there are many bursae over the body, the most important (and most prone to bursitis) are in the hip (trochanteric) and shoulder (sub-acromial and sub-deltoid). Other areas include the elbow, knee and Achilles tendon.

Typically, bursitis is caused by overuse or postural imbalances leading to irritation.  Sometimes it is caused by trauma, inflammatory arthritis (such and Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout) or infection. It may present as joint pain, tenderness, swelling and redness.

Chiropractic can help!

At Simply Health, our chiropractors have a special interest in these types of injuries. We might be just the health professional that can help you.

Treatment typically involves ice, rest and avoiding aggravating activity in the early stages. In chronic cases, rehabilitative exercise is important to prevent muscle wasting. Spinal adjustment and soft tissue techniques may also be useful.

Cold Laser Therapy is another tool we commonly use to help with these injuries.

Still unsure if chiropractic can help?

We welcome any questions you may have on bursitis. Book an appointment below to schedule a consultation with one of our chiropractors who will be able to provide you an appropriate treatment plan for your needs. We also invite you to take our Free Spinal Check to understand how your spine may be affecting your health and whether chiropractic is a suitable treatment for your condition.