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The Facts Put Simply

Learn About Bursitis and Equip Yourself to Fight Back! .

Subject matter Quick Links for this page…

1) What is Bursitis?
2) Bursitis facts
3) Who is at risk to get Bursitis?
4) Causes of Bursitis
5) Symptoms of Bursitis
6) What can you do to prevent Bursitis?
7) What can you do to combat Bursitis?


What is Bursitis?

Bursitis refers to the inflammation of the fluid-filled sac (the bursa) that is positioned between your tendons and your skin, or between your tendons and your bone.

In this illustration the bursa functions to facilitate the movement of the shoulder by reducing the joint friction that is genertaed between the moving shoulder and arm bones.

In this example the bursa has become infected, traumatized, or injured and is inflamed as a result. This resulting condition is referred to as bursitis.

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Bursitis facts:

• Bursitis is among the less prevalent forms of Arthritis with an estimate of less than 200,000 incidences in the United States
• It typically affects the larger joints of the body – shoulder, knee, elbow and hip
• It can also affect the Achilles tendon and the foot to a lesser degree
• Bursitis manifests itself in two forms, either acute or chronic
o Acute Bursitis refers to a sudden or severe appearance of symptoms, change of symptoms, or a rapid worsening of symptoms
o Chronic Bursitis refers to a continuous or persistent condition that is present over an extended period of time. The effects and symptoms are long-standing and are not easily or quickly resolved

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Who is at risk to get Bursitis?

• People that are involved in work that is both repetitive and physical – such as construction workers – are at a high risk also
• Bursitis has it’s highest prevalance amongst recreational and professional athlete’s of all types

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Causes of Bursitis

• Chronic overuse of a joint
• Trauma to a joint
• Rheumatoid Arthrits
• Gout
• Infection

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Symptoms of Bursitis

• Mild to severe joint pain and tenderness
• Reduced range of motion
• Local swelling of the affected area that can sometimes be very significant and chronic inflammation can result from repetitive injuries to a joint
• Warmth being radiated from the affected joint

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What can you do to prevent Bursitis?

• Avoid and/or limit activities that involve repetitive stresses or the repetitive pounding on a joint
• Avoid traumatic injury to your joints

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What can you do to combat Bursitis?

By using a multipronged approach to fighting Bursitis, it is possible to achieve very good results and even complete remission of the condition.

Medication: (click this link to learn more)
NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen may be prescribed to help relieve pain and inflammation. In cases where the Bursitis is caused by infection, antibiotics may be prescribed.

Natural Supplementation: (click this link to learn more)
Natural suppplements can fill a deficiency in a persons diet and just add that extra kick to a good diet to ensure that your body has the essential building blocks it requires to repair and maintain healthy joints. Research has proven that specific supplementation can have a dramatically beneficial effect on joint health.

Diet: (click this link to learn more)
Much research is continuing into the links between what you eat and the various forms of Arthritis. From the research evidence so far, we recommend that you should:

• Pay close attention to portion size at every meal and only eat when you are hungry
• Drink plenty of water and avoid beverages that are high in caffeine and/or sugar
• Eat less sugar and fat, especially saturated fat, and try to use olive oil in your diet
• Eat more fruit and vegetables, especially brightly coloured varieties
• Eat plenty of calcium and iron rich foods

Exercise: (click this link to learn more)
The affected area should be moderately and increasingly exercised as the pain diminishes. An exercise regimen will help to minmize muscle loss around the joint. Muscle loss (Atrophy) can lead to other joint complications.

Resting the affected joint as well as your entire body will help accelerate recovery. At a minimum, immobilization of the affected joint is recommended.

In cases where the inflammation does not respond to the initial treatment, it may be necessary to have a physician draw out fluid from the bursa and inject corticosteroids. Surgery is rarely required however.

Additional Points to note:

• This condition typically responds well to rest and treatment, but it may develop into a chronic condition if the underlying cause is not corrected
• Avoid having multiple steroid injections over a short period of time as they can cause other problems such as injury to the surrounding tendons

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