Bursitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the joints. In your body, small sacs of fluid called bursae protect your joints as you move. However, over time or through repetitive joint movement, bursae can become inflamed and cause severe pain. Your joints will hurt, most commonly the hips, shoulders, and elbows. If you work in a labor-intensive position, you may develop bursitis as a work-related injury.
At Specific Care Chiropractic, we use chiropractic adjustments and physiotherapy to treat patients in Fort Myers with bursitis. If you or someone you love deals with chronic pain or inflammation due to this condition, we could provide you with Fort Myers bursitis treatment. Our team will also discuss rehabilitation options for you.
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Bursitis Can Stem From Work-Related Duties, Age, and Exercise Habits
Common causes for bursitis include:
- Repetitive labor tasks, such as lifting, bending, twisting, and kneeling
- Old age, especially for people who have already begun developing arthritis
- Diseases that cause inflammation, such as subacromial impingement syndrome (SIS) and diabetes
- Certain sports activities that require repetitive movements, such as tennis or baseball
Our team can help you manage pain symptoms caused by bursitis so that you may be able to return to regular activities. We can diagnose the severity of your condition, then build a treatment plan for you.
Our Fort Myers Bursitis Treatment Includes Adjustments and Physiotherapy
At Specific Care Chiropractic, our physicians are licensed and trained in various physical therapies and chiropractic care techniques. Below are the techniques we practice when treating musculoskeletal conditions like bursitis.
Our Chiropractic Adjustment Techniques
Our chiropractors practice the following techniques:
- Manual extremity manipulation
- Side posture
- Seated diversified
- Thompson Drop-Table Technique
- Sacral-occipital technique (SOT)
- Toggle recoil
Depending on which joints are affected by bursitis, our chiropractors may use a combination of techniques to treat your pain symptoms. For example, if you largely feel pain in your hips, one of our physicians may use the side posture method.
This involves having you lie on your side with one leg bent forward. Your chiropractor will apply strategic thrusts to trigger joint cavitation, which involves releasing air from the joint.
Alternatively, if you experience more shoulder pain, we may focus more on extremity manipulation or techniques that treat cervical pain, such as the knee-chest or diversified seated techniques.
Our chiropractors can go over which techniques they will apply during your session.
Our Physiotherapy Options
Physiotherapy includes exercise therapy, ultrasound therapy, and electromagnetic and laser therapy. This treatment is a proven effective intervention strategy for people suffering from bursitis.
Implementing exercise and physical therapy into your treatment plan may help you avoid surgical treatment for your injury.
Our physicians practice the following physiotherapies:
- Corrective care
- Rehabilitative therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
- Massage therapy
- Stretching and strengthening exercise therapy
- Electrical muscle stimulation (E-STIM) therapy
Some Physiotherapy Treatments Are More Effective for Certain Conditions
Among these treatment methods, ultrasound therapy and rehabilitative therapy can both encourage healing around the affected joints. Ultrasound therapy involves shooting soundwaves into muscle tissue to encourage regrowth. However, this therapy can also be directed at inflamed joints to reduce irritation and compression.
Rehabilitative therapy involves exercise therapy. We take patients into our Rehab Room to learn different exercises that can help build strength and flexibility in their joints without causing further inflammation.
For example, we may suggest movements performed with an exercise ball, as this can take pressure off joints and spinal vertebrae while still letting you be flexible with your body.
Chiropractic Care and Physiotherapy Is Effective for Treating Bursitis
Health journals have written about the efficacy of physiotherapy and chiropractic care as treatment methods for bursitis. Some key findings include:
Physiotherapy Is an Effective Treatment for Subacromial Impingement Syndrome
Subacromial impingement syndrome (SIS) is a clinical syndrome that includes other pathologies related to shoulder pain, including bursitis. A 2014 British Journal of Sports Medicine study on physiotherapy showed moderate effectiveness in treating SIS and related conditions.
Patients saw reduced shoulder pain, restored functionality and mobility in their shoulders, and healed their rotator cuffs.
Physiotherapy Interventions for Shoulder Pain Showed Positive Results
In 2003, The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews published a report on the efficacy of physiotherapy intervention for shoulder disorders, including bursitis. The study found that some therapies showed positive results for patients as compared to the placebo. These include:
- Exercise therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
- Laser and electromagnetic field
Patients were able to manage their pain symptoms and restore functionality in their rotator cuffs.
Workers Who Developed Bursitis May Qualify for Workers’ Compensation
Workers in certain fields, such as construction or carpentry, may be more prone to developing bursitis as a work-related injury. If you developed this inflammatory condition because of your work duties could file for workers’ compensation. Your role could have caused you a repetitive stress injury through bending or twisting, for instance. Benefits could cover the costs of your medical expenses, a portion of your lost wages, and disability.
At Specific Care Chiropractic, we are happy to help you build your workers’ compensation claim by providing medical information about your condition. For your case, we can provide:
- Medical records concerning your bursitis and treatment
- Invoices that detail the current costs of your medical treatment and estimated costs for future treatment
- X-ray images of your injury and any other conditions you might have
- Medical testimony to verify and explain the information we provide for your case
You must sign a medical release form if you want us to send information to your lawyer. If there is other information you would like us to provide for your case, we will accommodate as best as possible.
Call Specific Care Chiropractic to Schedule a Bursitis Treatment Appointment
If you or a loved one experiences pain and inflammation due to bursitis, our physicians in Fort Myers could treat the condition and manage the symptoms. We can build a treatment plan that reduces irritation or joint compression so you can return to work or other daily activities.