For many people, the start of the new year is the start of an active lifestyle instead of a sedentary one. For others, they may have already had an active lifestyle. No matter if you’re already active or not, a change or start to an exercise routine can lead to aches and pains until your body is used to the change. For more sedentary patients, bursitis is something that can easily happen. This is the inflammation of the small pads that sit between your muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons. Bursitis can cause joint pain that can make it difficult to reach your goals, but we can help with the right therapy, tips and ways to reduce your inflammation!
Statistics show that about 200,000 people get bursitis each year. But, how do you know what that is and how you get it? You have 360 joints in the body. The joint is where you are able to bend and pivot between your limbs. There are many joints in the hands, feet, neck and back and others in your limbs and hips. Your joints will have soft tissues surrounding them, with muscles and ligaments attaching to the bones. Those muscles will contract and relax from the brain signals they receive to move in certain ways. Along with all of those types of cells and tissues by the joint, you also have tiny fluid-filled sacs that are called “bursa” that run along your joints, bones and tendons.
The bursa sacs are quite important to your movements, as movement would be incredibly painful without these cushioning sacs between the joints and bones. The bones would simply grind together. Bursitis is the inflammation of one or more bursa. The bursae are slightly different (similar name) and are small pads that sit between muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons. These are small pads filled with fluid, which means you have both cushioning fluid-filled sacs and pads that help movements to be comfortable. Injuries and other common causes will make those sacs and pads inflamed. Inflammation (or swelling) of the bursae/bursa will make movements quite uncomfortable and painful.
Your body has at least 150 bursae that we know of. That means that you have about 150 areas that can become inflamed, even though bursitis is less common than many other injuries. You can know that you have bursitis if you experience symptoms such as:
Now that you have bursitis, what caused it in the first place? Because bursitis is common enough in Americans—especially athletes—studies have found common causes:
Luckily, there aren’t as many causes of bursitis as there are other issues, such as back pain. This makes it easier to pinpoint the cause of your bursitis as well as how to treat your symptoms. You definitely want to treat the symptoms you have instead of “toughing it out”, as ongoing bursitis can cause issues such as:
If you believe that these symptoms and causes could be bursitis, call our office and ask about our natural treatments. We use natural methods of healing to prevent further injury and to help patients avoid surgery for this issue. For severe pain, we may recommend sarapin injections directly into the sore joint. This is a natural, herbal injection that helps with pain relief in patients so rehabilitative therapies can happen with much less pain.
We give our patients the proper way to ice and heat the area of their bursitis and tips for elevation and reducing pain. If infections are found, it’s important to administer antibiotics for the specific infection. Exercise is also key to keeping your body healthy and strong, which is why we also give patients customized exercise routines and stretches to help them get fit without irritating the joints further. Some patients also benefit from massage therapy, vibration therapy, trigger point therapy (to reduce muscle knots) and many of our other rehabilitative treatments. You can customize your treatment therapy during your consultation.
If you want to kick your bursitis even quicker, make sure you do all the exercises, stretches and instructions we give you from the office. You can help your pain by taking some anti-inflammatory/pain medications over-the-counter. An injection is the best way to have pain relief, but some patients find these medications helpful. When pain first starts, ice and heat therapy can also be beneficial in finding pain relief (cold therapy) and faster healing (heat packs/therapy).
If you experience bursitis in your feet, extra padding in your shoes can help with some of the pain. The quickest way to ease your bursitis pain and to get back to your normal life is to get professional help. You can do that by calling Back2Health today at (843) 405-0025!