Did you know you have over 150 bursa in your body? When you move, these remarkable structures help your muscles, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissue glide over your bones. Healthy bursa act as anti-friction mechanisms, preventing the wear and tear of these structures over time. Bursitis occurs when these fluid filled sacs become irritated. Bursitis treatment is given when swelling and pain occurs.
Bursitis is more likely if your hobby, sport or job involves repetitive movements or constant pressure on a specific joint. Poorly performed activities aggravate the problem. For example, hip bursitis may be caused by poor posture while sitting for prolonged periods. Age also plays a factor in bursitis. Those of you aged 40+ are more susceptible as our bursa become overused and less elastic with age.
Bursitis Treatment Options
If your bursitis results from a repetitive strain injury (RSI), we use Active Release Technique ®, a medically patented soft tissue treatment.
For chronic bursitis treatment, a relatively new technology called Shockwave Therapy can help. It works by sending sound waves (not ultrasound or electrical) into the affected area to stimulate the healing process.
It’s advisable to consider more conservative bursitis treatments before considering injections or surgery. Bursitis treatments such as Active Release Technique ® and Shockwave Therapy carry less risk and can resolve your symptoms.
Here are some examples of how you can prevent the onset and reoccurrence of bursitis:
- Take breaks and use good form if you are doing the same activity over and over again. Our Chiropractors can advise you of the proper technique for these movements.
- If you are starting or getting back into exercise, ideally build up weight and repetition gradually.
- Check your footwear and equipment are right for you. Our partners at City Feet Clinic provide a FREE Shoe Check service. You may contact them on our shared number.
- Use knee or elbow pads where appropriate.
Active Muscle and Spine is a leading musculoskeletal treatment clinic located opposite Wynyard station in the central Sydney CBD.