Treatment of Bursitis & Tendinitis
What are These Conditions?
Bursitis is inflammation or irritation of the bursa (small sacs between bones and other moving parts, such as skin, muscles and tendons). Tendinitis is inflammation or irritation of the tendon (thick fibrous cords that connect muscles to bone).
Symptoms of both are similar and include inflamed soft tissues, limited range of motion, and pain with movement that replicates the symptoms of joint pain.
People often mistake these painful conditions for arthritis. With all of these, pain and stiffness often intensify with movement. The involved area tends to be painless at rest. Swelling associated with tendinitis is often more subtle, while bursitis can cause deformity.
Several named syndromes are associated with tendinitis:
Common causes include injury and overuse. These syndromes are often seen in people that have bad posture as altered bio-mechanics can put excess stress on the soft tissue structures. Avoiding overuse and repetitive physical stress to the affected area is suggested to help with these conditions.
Medications may be used to reduce inflammation. Natural anti-inflammatories and icing can also be helpful in reducing the pain.
A doctor of chiropractic can help alleviate the problem by correcting the underlying joint arrangement and applying physical therapy modalities to reduce inflammation. Soft tissue based therapies such as ART, muscle scraping, and scar tissue massage also promote healing for these conditions.
Home care which should include a solid stretching routine is often more effective with the use of a massage tool to stimulate lymphatic drainage and break up scar tissue. The Knuckleball™ is Dr. Smith’s invention and go-to tool for this type of home care.