Bursitis

Elbow bursitis

Bursitis can manifest in pain in many different areas, such as the shoulder, hip, and knee. There are several bursa located throughout the body.  They are fluid filled sacs located between tissues that are intended to reduce friction and irritation.  The word ending “-itis” means inflammation, so it’s literally an “inflammation of the bursa”.  Sometimes it is easy to diagnose bursitis by the fluid filled “bump” over the elbow, but in other cases, such as in hip bursitis, the area may not always be swollen yet is still a source of severe pain.

Symptoms of bursitis

-Pain at various locations (elbow, outer hip, front of knee)
-Swelling “above” involved joints
-Joint may appear red or feel warm
-Stiffness of joint
-Pain increases when you press on it or move area

Causes of bursitis

-Acute injury (falling on a hip or bumping an elbow on a table)
-Repetitive motion (gardening, painting, running)
-Poor posture
-Aging process causes tendons to be more sensitive
-Aberrant biomechanics

Treatment of bursitis

-Restore biomechanics to reduce pressure on joints
-Chiropractic adjustments to the involved fixated joints
-Specific rehab exercises to improve joint forces
-Rest and ice
-Active Release Techniques to aggravated and overworked muscles and tendons in order to reduce pressure on bursa

It’s important to get the correct diagnosis before staring treatment.  While elbow bursitis is fairly straightforward, knee bursitis needs to be differentially diagnosed from Iliotibial band syndrome, PFPS (runner’s knee), and meniscus entrapment.  Hip pain due to bursitis must be differentially diagnosed from piriformis syndrome, glut. medius injury, and Iliotibial band syndrome.  Your Oakland chiropractor can help you arrive at the proper diagnosis and prescribe a specific treatment plan to get you out of pain and back to the activities you want to do.  Please give us a call if we may be of service.  (510) 465-2342.

Elbow photo by Uwe Gille (Self-published work by Uwe Gille) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons