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Bursitis And Chiropractic Treatment

Every time I think I know about all the different types of injuries and health issues that the body can undergo, I end up learning about an entirely new health condition that I had literally no idea even existed.

While it’s a good thing that I don’t know about many of the more obscure health issues I learn about, since it means I have never experienced them firsthand, it still reminds me that there’s a lot to learn about the body and its many functions – not to mention all the things that can go wrong and become negatively impacted. The most recent new medical condition I’ve learned about is known in the healthcare community and the medical world as Bursitis. Thanks to a helpful article by Chiropractic Now, I like to think that I am now at least a little bit more knowledgeable about this health issue, not to mention the body as a whole.

For example, this article helped me learn about a very important part of the body known as the bursa. What is the bursa, you may be wondering? It is a closed sac that is filled with fluid, and it is often found in areas of the body where tendons and muscles tend to glide over the joints. The bursa acts essentially as a cushion between these structures, and it reduces friction between the tissues of the body.

Unfortunately, when the bursa becomes inflamed, the health issue known as bursitis arises. Bursitis most often occurs in the knees, shoulders, hips, and elbows, which are areas of the body that have the most overused joints. Bursitis can be caused by many factors, from repetitive strain to the same area of the body, to conditions such as arthritis and sciatica. Certain types of infections and even some traumatic injuries, even ones as simple as throwing a baseball or basketball too hard, have also been known to cause bursitis. You can tell if you may have bursitis if you notice swelling or redness in a particular joint of the body.

Movement often becomes limited and painful, and tenderness may be common in these areas. If you are finding that you are having a hard time moving any part of your body, due to soreness or outright pain, it is important to see a doctor of chiropractic right away. He or she can use manual manipulation techniques to provide natural pain relief by reducing inflammation in the affected area. 

Used under Creative Commons Licensing courtesy of Ruth Hartnup

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