A common cause of bursitis is from the overuse of a joint, especially
when the joint is under the strain of excessive and repetitive use.
Placing too much continuous pressure on a bursa can also cause
bursitis. For instance, the bursa that is found in the back of the
elbow can become inflamed by resting on the elbows for extended periods
Another cause of bursitis is traumatic injury. Trauma such as a fall on
the shoulder, elbow, hip, or the knee could create this condition. As
the bursa swells, the normal function to decrease friction is
decreased. This causes any movement of the joint to be painful. If too
much swelling remains in the bursa for an extended period of time,
calcium salts will invade the region and eventually create a more
chronic condition knows as calcific bursitis.
Bursitis can be diagnosed by a chiropractor using history, simple
examination, and by taking a x-ray of the involved joint. The calcific
form of bursitis will show on the x-ray. The extent of calcium deposits
within the bursa can easily be visualized on the film. The range of
motion of the joint and the amount of palpable (feel) swelling around
the joint will help determine the extent of the bursitis condition.
Your Doctor of Chiropractic can help decrease the inflammation and
improve the gliding action to the muscles and tendons surrounding the
joint. Chiropractic manipulation to the involved joint, therapies like
alternating hot and cold packs, ultrasound, passive range of motion,
and massage may be considered as part of your course of treatment. Even
the more difficult form of calcific bursitis can be treated by slowly
breaking down the calcium deposits and applying therapies like passive
motion or motion under mild traction to circulate the salts out of the
joint tissue. Provided treatment is continued so that improvement can
be achieved, the return of the calcium deposits should be limited.
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