Your bursa is a fluid filled sac that lies between your tendons, muscles and bones, acting as a cushion. Bursitis occurs when there is irritation to the bursa resulting in swelling and pain. Bursitis is most common in adults over 40 years of age, as the tendons age they become less tolerant to stress and are less elastic, meaning a tear is more likely to occur. Bursitis most commonly occurs in the shoulder, hip, knee, elbow and rarely the in the achilles tendon.

Common causes of bursitis:

  • Age- Tendons are less durable and resistant to stress.
  • Repetitive movements to an area (overuse injuries)
  • Minor or more sudden impact to an area
  • Incorrect posture
  • Poor conditioning or stretching before exercise
  • Stress or inflammation from other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout or thyroid disorders.
  • Hyperpronation of feet
  • High Q angle from Hip to knee
  • Fall onto hip , knee, elbow or shoulder
  • Overhead work

If you have bursitis, the affected joint may:

  • Feel achy or stiff
  • Hurt more when you move it or press it
  • Look swollen or red
  • Painful- the most common symptom will be pain in that immediate area.

If you experience any of these symptoms or feel pain in any joints come and see our chiropractors at Lakeside Chiropractic for a full assessment. As poor posture, misaligned joints, tight muscles, abnormal foot biomechanics and nerves can all play a part in bursitis, chiropractors are well trained to treat this condition. Chiropractor’s treatment for bursitis can include a variety of methods.

  • Manual adjustments can take the excessive pressure of the bursa and tendons by adjustments in order to;
  • Relive pain
  • Decrease Inflammation
  • Prevent aggravation of existing condition
  • Promote fast natural healing
  • ‘Repair’ underlying root cause of bursitis condition
  • Re-align overall structural balance of body
  • Improve overall biomechanics of the spine
  • Restore function of body’s central nervous system
  • Reduce risk of future injury or re-occurrence

In conjunction with manual manipulation and adjustment, chiropractors at Lakeside Chiropractic can use various other methods;

  • Manuel Therapy- Massage or trigger point therapy
  • Stretching exercises specific to joint affected
  • Prescription of foot orthotics of foot biomechanics is a contributing factor.
  • Therapeutic taping
  • Ultrasound to decrease inflammation
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Nutritional advice

In cases where bursitis has gone undetected and untreated for long periods of time, the pain may be immense and the chiropractors here at Lakeside Chiropractic may send you for an x-ray or MRI to get a better picture of what is happening in the bursa. So if you are experiencing any joint pain please come in and see us at Lakeside Chiropractic or call us on 9300 0095 to make an appointment. You can also book online at www.lakesidechiro.com.au

Lakeside Chiropractic in Joondalup has experience chiropractors that not only treat spinal conditions. We accept all major health insurances and also provide HICAPS with these Private Health care providers BUPA, HBF, Medibank, NIB, GMF, SGIO, SGIC, ADFFH. If yours isn’t listed please ask.

We service the surrounding suburbs of Tapping, Edgewater, Joondalup, Wanneroo, Connolly, Heathridge, Iluka, Currambine, Yanchep, Carramar, Gnangara, Mullaloo, Padbury, Kingsley, Woodvale, Banksia Grove and Duncraig. Please come and see our friendly and experienced chiropractors to help with your symptoms.

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