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Bursitis Treatment

Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa. A bursa is a small flat sac lined with synovial fluid which reduces friction that occur usually between tendons and bones.

Cause of Bursitis
  • Bursitis is caused by overuse of structures (joints) that surround a bursa. The excessive friction/rubbing of the tendon over the bursa causes inflammation of the bursa walls. Bursitis is often secondary to another condition such as tendinitis.
Contributing factors to Bursitis
  • Muscle imbalance
  • Poor biomechanics
  • Postural dysfunction such as scoliosis or hyperkyphosis and a lack of flexibility
Bursitis can occur in the following areas
  • Around the shoulder
  • At the elbows
  • At the hip
  • At the knee
  • On the buttocks
  • Near foot/Achilles
Signs and symptoms of Bursitis
  • Bursa can get compressed and irritated by surrounding structures (tendons/bones)
  • Inflammation heat and swelling are present
  • Pain is usually deep and burning at rest or during activity
  • Range of motion of the joint tend to be affected
Treatment of Bursitis

Treatment will focus on reducing the major symptoms of Bursitis, namely pain swelling and inflammation. Reducing compression on the affected bursa will reduce symptoms. Depending on the stage of the Bursitis whether acute or chronic different techniques are used to help reduce the swelling pain and inflammation.

If you have any questions about Bursitis contact our staff at Dynamic Physiotherapy.

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