Chiropractor Pittsburgh PA Bursitis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment





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Published on May 8, 2011

3322 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, Pa 15237


There are now several natural treatments for bursitis. Bursitis is an inflammation of a bursa. These are small fluid filled sacs that cushion bones in joints and minimize friction between them. There are more than 150 bursae in the human body. It most commonly occurs in the shoulders, elbows or hips, and can also occur in the knees, heels and base of the big toe.

Bursitis causes pain, usually as a dull ache or stiffness around the involved area. This condition can get worse as a result of movement or pressure. The inflammation that causes bursitis usually stems from an injury due to repetitive use or pressure. Someone can get "housemaid's knee" by spending too much time kneeling.
Bursitis: Common areas

Repeated physical stress can cause bursitis in the following areas: Shoulder-This usually occurs due to trauma of the rotator cuff-the four muscles that holds the shoulder together. These muscles and tendons connect the upper arm to the shoulder blade. Other causes are falling or lifting heavy objects. Elbow-This is the result of repetitive bending and extending of the elbow. For instance-tennis or pushing a vacuum cleaner back and forth. Buttocks-This occurs at the Ischial tuberosity, and is due to sitting on a hard surface for prolonged periods of time. An example is riding a bicycle or sitting in the bleachers (hard surface). Knee-With this type of bursitis, you may see a soft, egg-shaped bump on the front of your knee. Repetitive kneeling while scrubbing floors, gardening, laying tiles or other activities that place pressure on your knees can trigger it. You're more susceptible to bursitis of the knee if you have osteoarthritis and are overweight, which puts pressure on the knees.

In our office, we use several effective treatments for bursitis. Chiropractic holds promise for people with bursitis. We can treat the injured joint through gentle chiropractic adjustments, which can be done by hand or with a hand-held instrument, such as an Activator or an Impulse. This activates the mechanoreceptors in the involved joints which can modulate pain. Treatment goals are to reduce inflammation in the joint, restore proper posture and movement, and bring the body back to its healthy state, preventing the bursitis from chronically reoccurring.

Also acupuncture can increase circulation and promote healing. it can also remove any interference or blockages in the nerve pathway or energy pathway (meridians), which will help the body heal itself and reduce inflammation. Also massage therapy can reduce the pain of bursitis and increase blood supply to the tissues. Also helpful are: arnica (homeopathy),comfrey, tumeric and white willow bark, which is a natural aspirin. Vitamin A and Vitamin C are antioxidants which work as an anti-inflammatory. Also by eating and/or juicing fresh fruits and vegetables will raise your pH, which will turn the body alkaline and thus reduce inflammation.
Bursitis Evaluation:

Give Wellness Associates a call at;412-367-3778, to see if you are a candidate for the natural relief of bursitis pain through chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition and massage therapy. Bursitis can be treated very effectively with Chiropractic Care.


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