Bursitis is a painful condition that occurs when the bursa becomes inflamed—the bursa acts as a cushion between bones and soft tissue. Bursitis may develop in any joint of the body, but it is most common in the elbow, hip, knee, and Achilles tendon.
Bursitis pain often worsens with movement of the affected joint and improves with rest. If you have bursitis, symptoms also might be aggravated when you lie on the affected side. But Boca Raton bursitis treatment can reduce inflammation and pain associated with this condition. Our chiropractors in Boca Raton will diagnose your bursitis and create a treatment plan to relieve pain and prevent reoccurrence.
As the name implies, bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that reduces friction between tissues. They are located throughout your body, particularly around the joints, and they can become irritated or inflamed due to injury, infection, or other health problems.
Cleveland Clinic affirms that bursitis also can be caused by trauma and is more common among people who use their elbows frequently (gardeners, painters, athletes).
If you have bursitis, your elbow may feel stiff, and you may experience pain when you move it. We perform a physical exam and blood tests to determine if there is an underlying cause for your bursitis. We also may recommend X-rays or an MRI to rule out other problems such as arthritis or gout.
What Are the Causes of Bursitis?
Bursitis can be caused by many things, including:
Repeating certain movements over and over again can cause bursitis. For example, long-term use of vibrating tools like jackhammers or power drills causes inflammation in the tendons around your wrist and fingers due to repetitive motion.
Prolonged Pressure on an Area
Constantly leaning or resting on an area can irritate its lining and cause swelling, pain, and stiffness. For example, sitting for hours may irritate your bursa so that it swells up and becomes painful even when you’re not sitting down!
Blunt force trauma from an accident or fall can cause bleeding within the joint capsule and lead to swelling and inflammation of nearby tissue (such as the bursa).
Bacterial or Viral Infection
Many cases of septic bursitis (bursitis caused by an infection) are from bacteria that enter the body through an open wound. Septic bursitis may also be caused by a virus, though this is rare.
Our joints and tendons become less flexible and more susceptible to damage as we age. Over years of use, our bursae can become irritated or inflamed by repetitive movements. Also, aging weakens muscles and tendons, increasing the risk of injury.
People with certain health conditions are more likely to experience repeated bouts of bursitis. They have less flexibility in their tendons and joints, making them more vulnerable to developing bursitis.
What Are the Symptoms of Bursitis?
You may have bursitis if you have one or more of these symptoms:
- Pain in joints
- Joint stiffness
- Weakness and difficulty moving the affected joint (usually due to pain)
- Tenderness when applying pressure to the affected area
- Redness and warmth at the site of inflammation (if caused by an infection)
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it could signify that it’s time to see a medical professional. Don’t hesitate to seek Boca Raton bursitis treatment to determine if you may be suffering from this condition.
Our Boca Raton Physicians Can Treat Your Bursitis
The most common way that a chiropractor can help is by working on the joints near the affected area. When you have inflammation in one joint, it can affect other parts of your body, such as the muscles or tendons that work in conjunction with the affected area.
A chiropractor will re-align the rest of your body to work correctly again, thereby relieving any pain or pressure you might have been experiencing. For example, bursitis can sometimes occur because you are using a ligament or muscle incorrectly and thus causing damage to a nearby tendon or joint. In this case, a chiropractor would recommend the right adjustment therapies to restore balanced use of body muscles or tendons.
Similarly, physiotherapy is also extremely helpful for those suffering from bursitis. And since each case is unique, they will look at how you use your body when you walk, sit and perform various tasks throughout the day and determine the appropriate physiotherapy treatments.
- Massage therapy
- Corrective care
- Rehabilitative therapy
- Electrical muscle stimulation (E-stim)
- Stretching and strengthening
- Ultrasound therapy
What to Do After a Bursitis Diagnosis?
If you or a loved one is diagnosed with bursitis in Boca Raton, seek proper treatment and pain management. Bursitis is a painful condition that can become severe if untreated.
Also, if another party caused your bursitis via an accident caused by negligence, you should look into your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for your injury through workers’ compensation or other compensatory damages. We can support your claim by providing:
- Receipts of medication
- Need for current and future medication
- Images of your bursitis and any other injuries
- Physician analysis of your condition and the causative factors
- Recommendation on treatment plans
Schedule Your Boca Raton Bursitis Treatment
If you’ve been diagnosed with bursitis in Boca Raton, you’re probably experiencing pain, swelling, and tenderness. Fortunately, the team at Specific Care Chiropractic is here to help you. We can walk you through what to expect throughout your treatment when you call us.
Our specialists are familiar with chiropractic care and have a unique approach to finding the root of your pain and helping you feel better as quickly as possible. To schedule your appointment with us, call (239) 932-5314. New patients can also request an appointment to start their bursitis treatment.