What is Bursitis?
What is Bursitis? Bursitis is the inflammation or irritation of the bursa (a small sac filled with a lubricating and cushioning fluid) that is between where a bone and muscle meet. It is surrounded by tendons and ligaments that help keep the bones and muscles connected and in proper working order. When your bursa sacs become painful and inflamed you can use a natural Bursitis Treatment to heal completely in a few weeks in most cases.
The major job of the bursa is to cushion the impact of stresses (such as jumping, pounding, or placing weight on an extended joint structure such as the knee when we are standing up or the arm if we are pushing against a wall. It helps decrease the results of friction that happen when we use our joints extensively.
Bursitis vs Arthritis
Bursitis vs Arthritis, which is which? Bursitis is caused by injuries or overuse of the bursa sacs that are near most joints. It can also be caused by gout crystals or autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis. Bursitis should go away within a month or two by using a natural bursitis treatment. Bursitis pain can be farther away from a joint that arthritis, which is in the joint itself. Arthritis affects the joints rather than the bursa.
Osteoarthritis is wear and tear arthritis which causes joint damage and stiff joints. It is usually more common among seniors or those that have repetitive movement type jobs. Rheumatoid Arthritis is caused by an immune system disorder where your immune cells mistakenly attack your own healthy cells. Arthritis usually takes a lot longer to heal from, but it can be done with proper diet, supplementation and exercise.
What Causes Bursitis?
What Causes Bursitis? Bursitis happens when your bursa sacs become damaged, excessively compressed by injury, having autoimmune arthritis or crystals that have formed in your bursa. The injury to your bursa can cause inflammation and severe pain, that gets worse when you move the joint affected bursa. Athletes, machine workers, and computer operators are commonly affected by bursitis.
Bursitis can also be caused by an infection in the area in or surrounding and affecting your bursa sacs. The elbows are the most common area for an infection to cause bursitis because it is closer to the skin in that area. Most healthy people are not affected by infections entering through the skin, but people with a weakened immune system are more at risk. If you have immune system problems, see How to Boost Your Immune System.
Symptoms of Bursitis are similar to arthritis pain, but can be usually more closer to the skin and higher and lower that straight over a joint. Here are the most common Bursitis Symptoms:
- Joint Area Pain That is Worsened with Pressure or Movement
- Tenderness, even without movement
- Joint area Inflammation and Swelling
- Loss of Range of Movement of Joint Area
If it is caused by a bursitis infection then you will also have the following bursitis symptoms:
- Fever or Chills
- Blistery Redness around the joint area
- Burning Hot Sensation around the joint
What is Trochanteric Bursitis? Trochanteric Bursitis is inflammation of the bursa over the greater trochanter (bony prominence on the outside of the hip) on the lateral side of the hip. It is one of the most common forms of bursitis. It is also referred to Hip Bursitis and the treatment is the same.
Hip Bursitis can also occur from an injury or trauma to the socket or by having too much weight placed on the joint socket, irritating or rupturing the bursa. It is also referred to as ischiogluteal bursitis and is most commonly noticed in the entire hip area. This is probably the most common form of bursitis.
Improper body mechanics and posture can lead to bursitis showing up here. Ergonomics play a key role here as does not carrying around excess weight.Also visit the page on Trochanteric Bursitis for more information on hip bursitis.
Shoulder Bursitis is the second most common type of bursitis. If a shoulder gets too stiff, it is commonly called “frozen shoulder.” Improper body alignment and ergonomics can lead to shoulder bursitis. Your shoulder is a delicate area that is prone to injury from rotator cuff tendinitis and bursitis or even sleeping the wrong way.
Bursitis in the shoulders can be extremely tender to the touch and should be treated with the utmost of care as to not bang it around or aggravate it by overexertion. It can extend down the arm and cause Olecranon Bursitis of the arm as well. By taking natural anti-inflammatory pain relievers (as shown below) you can help it heal in a fraction of the time it usually takes to heal.
Bursitis Knee which includes Prepatellar Bursitis and Infrapatellar Bursitis, is third most common area for bursitis to show up in. This is particularly true for people who are on their feet and standing in one position for too long.
Standing with your knees locked puts added stress on the bursa and joints and causes inflammation. Standing with your knees in a locked or rigid position aggravates this. Try standing with your knees very slightly bent. This will take some practice but will help ease the pain in the long run.
Yoga and Stretching are really good options for bursitis relief. Take a look at this brief video to see how easy it can be.
You can find out more information on bursitis exercises on the arthritis exercises page.
Since Bursitis is a deep tissue inflammatory injury I recommend a combined approach. Relief can be accomplished by taking a nutritional supplement and then using a deep penetrating laser to allow the supplement to heal the bursa sac and joint tissues a lot quicker. It quickly reduces pain and inflammation too. Here’s what to do to get bursitis relief:
- Joint Enzymes – This brings anti-inflammatory herbs and enzymes to your swollen bursa sacs and helps them reduce pain and swelling. Use as directed and also follow up with self- massage around the joint.
- Rub on Relief – Use this directly over the joint while taking the joint nutrients to gain a faster recovery and healing.
- Cannabinoids – These are nature’s pain relievers and have so many healing properties as well.
- Deep Penetrating Laser – This will draw the bursitis healing nutrients deep into the bursa sac and joint socket. You’ll also reduce the swelling, tightness and pain associated with bursitis.
By giving your body what it needs to heal naturally, your body is smart enough to do the rest. All it takes is finding the right blend of nutrients and making sure they get deep into where they need to be for the healing to take place. This will give you what you need to get fast and lasting bursitis relief.
You can completely heal from bursitis naturally in a few weeks in most cases. Follow this natural Bursitis Treatment to get quick healing and pain relief:
- Use the natural pain relievers in the section above if you are in any pain.
- Alternate between hot and cold packs on the joint. About 10 minutes each, cycle a few times between hot and cold water or packs. This helps reduce inflammation
- Incorporate some joint friendly arthritis exercises (like tai-chi, qi-gong or yoga)
- Include Omega-3 Supplements as they help reduce inflammation and excess acidity
- Take an natural anti-inflammatory herb like turmeric curcumin
- Drink plenty of fluids (particularly alkaline ionized water, as this will not only hydrate the bursa and joint but it will reduce the acidity that keep it from getting inflamed and has healing antioxidants and electrolytes)
- Get a good magnetic wrap or brace (the highest Gauss possible – around 800 or more and neodymium type)
- Take a good anti-inflammatory joint supplement like ProJoint Plus
- If it is autoimmune related then also use Rhumatol
This will most definitely give you some great arthritis help and get you on your road to complete and lasting recovery from arthritis bursitis. Start where you are at, there is no race. Sometimes the slower the better, because you will not be in a stressful state, adding more pressure to do things quickly. Go at your own body’s pace and you will be helping others, because they will be asking what it is that you did to recover.