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Bye-bye Bursitis

  • Dr. Steve Young
  • 10 Apr, 2023

Bursitis: Home Remedies for Pain Relief and Faster Healing!

Inflammation of the bursae, which are tiny fluid-filled sacs that cushion and lubricate joints, results in bursitis, a painful condition. Bursitis can occur in any joint in the body, but it most commonly affects the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee. It can be caused by too much use, an injury, an infection, or a health problem like rheumatoid arthritis or gout that is already there.

If you have bursitis, there are several things you can do to help relieve your symptoms and promote healing. Resting the affected joint and avoiding repetitive movements that aggravate the condition are important. Applying ice to the area can help reduce swelling and inflammation. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen can help relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

Physical therapy exercises can also help stretch and strengthen the muscles and tendons around the affected joint. This can help reduce pain and prevent bursitis from coming back. In severe cases, a doctor may recommend corticosteroid injections or even surgery to remove the affected bursa.

Bursitis can take different amounts of time to heal, depending on how bad it is and how well the person responds to treatment. Mild cases of bursitis may resolve within a few weeks with conservative treatment, while more severe cases may take several months to fully heal.

It's important to remember that while at-home remedies can help relieve the symptoms of bursitis, it's always best to consult with a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. If you experience sudden and severe pain, fever, or redness and warmth around the affected joint, seek medical attention immediately, as these may be signs of infection.

In short, bursitis can be painful and make it hard to move, but with the right care and treatment, most cases can be managed well. Rest, ice, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), physical therapy exercises, and medical care may all help treat bursitis and help the body heal.

References:

  • "Bursitis." Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 9 Mar. 2021, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bursitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20353242.
  • Smith, Andrew M., et al. "Effectiveness of Interventions for Treating Acute and Chronic Bursitis: A Systematic Review of the Literature." The Physician and Sportsmedicine, vol. 46, no. 2, 2018, pp. 169-176, doi: 10.1080/00913847.2017.1383571.
  • "Bursitis Treatment." Cleveland Clinic, 7 Sept. 2021, my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/4194-bursitis/treatment-options.

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