Chiropractic Care for Bursitis
By Sara Butler
Your joints allow you to move freely, but when a problem arises they can become the source of immense pain. Your shoulders, elbows, and hips are common places for the pain to pop up, often due to a condition called bursitis. Here's what you need to know about this life-impacting condition and how the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can help.
Bursitis: What Is It?
Your joints are surrounded by sacks that hold fluid that serves to lubricate them as they move. These sacks are called bursae. When these sacks become inflamed, then your joints often become sore, swollen, and stiff. This condition often impacts major joints that contribute to your daily movement, but it can really strike any joint at any time, including fingers, toes, and knees.
What Causes It?
May times, repetitive motions and injuries are the main causes of bursitis. When great demand is placed upon the joint, and the bursae as well, then the joint becomes overworked and inflammation can occur. Anything from running on a regular basis to lifting heavy objects improperly can trigger a bursitis episode, but it can also occur as a result of arthritis, some types of infections, and gout.
The type of treatment that will be most effective depends largely on the cause of your bursitis, but the objective of treatment no matter the cause is to avoid placing more stress and strain on the area impacted. Most chiropractors will suggest ice and rest along with hands-on adjustments that help to increase the flexibility of the joint as it helps to decrease discomfort.
Prevention is Key
Of course, one of the best treatments for bursitis is prevention. If you've ever been diagnosed with this condition, then the chances that you'll be able to totally avoid it in the future are slim. But there are things you can do to reduce the frequency and intensity of a flare-up.
The best course of action is to see your chiropractor regularly for adjustments. You can also add support to the joints that have been impacted in the past to help prevent it from recurring. If you're a runner, make sure to get proper running shoes. Stretch before any physical activity and learn the proper way to lift heavy objects.
If you're worried you may be suffering from bursitis, then come into The Joint today for a consultation.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Tex.