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Bursitis Symptoms

Trochanteric Bursitis

Arthritis Bursitis is the inflammation or irritation of the bursa (a small sac filled with a lubricating and cushioning fluid) that is anatomically 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. You’ll most certainly notice inflammation in the affected joint, with limited range of motion while trying to extend or contract your joint inward. That movement may also be very painful because of the bursa’s irritation.


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.


As we age (particularly 40+), our tissues and bodily structures (especially joints) tend to repair themselves at a slower level and depending on our lifestyle and diet, may not repair themselves adequately – the result is a form of joint arthritis called Bursitis.


Arthritis is a contributing factor because of the inflammation going on around the joint itself, which also increases the pain in the bursa.  It is believed to be caused by performing excessive repetitive type movements.  For instance, a person playing tennis or typing on a computer (carpal tunnel syndrome) a form of bursitis, may eventually develop that type of irritation of the joint socket because of the repetitive movements over the same joint socket.

Bursitis Hip – Ischiogluteal Bursitis

It 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 – Olecranon Bursitis

If a shoulder gets too stiff, it is commonly called “frozen shoulder” and is also a condition of bursitis and arthritis. This is the second most common type of bursitis. Improper body alignment can lead to shoulder bursitis as can sleeping in an awkward position. This 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.

Bursitis Knee – Knee Bursitis

The third most common area for bursitis to show up in is the knee. 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.

Prepatellar Bursitis and Patellar Bursitis

This is an extension of knee bursitis and is situated towards the patella of the knee, or the kneecap. This is a common form of bursitis and can be aggravated by running on concrete or hyper-extension of the knee joint socket. Try not to put too much pressure on your knees when it is inflamed and swollen. Gentle massaging with a capscain cream can bring some good temporary relief.

Bursitis Treatment

  • Evaluate when you first notice it, and if you are using a repetitive motion, try to adjust the angle or your activity, or stop, rest and massage the affected joint.
  • Strengthen the muscles around that joint (if it is the elbow, do some basic dumbbell curls) – Get some joint-friendly home workout equipment if you can’t go out
  • Incorporate some arthritis exercises (like tai-chi, qi-gong or yoga)
  • Begin incorporating an arthritis diet, and cut back on the items that cause inflammation and pain
  • Include Omega-3 oils (preferably from nordic fish oil, neptune krill oil or high lignan flax seed oil sources)
  • Add warming spices (anti-inflammatories) to your meals if you enjoy them (curry, turmeric, ginger, garlic, cayenne)
  • Drink plenty of fluids (particularly ionized water, as this will not only hydrate the bursa and joint but it will reduce the acidity that keep it from getting inflamed)
  • Get a good magnetic wrap or brace (the highest Gauss possible – around 800 or more and neodymium type)
  • Alternate between hot and cold packs on the joint.  About 10 minutes each, cycle a few times between hot and cold
  • Take a good arthritis supplement like Marquee Mobility
  • Try some homeopathic cures like Rhumatol Arthritis & Muscle Pain Relief
  • Lower your overall stress level (watch a comedy or even sing around the house, it really does work)

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.


Bursitis Exercises

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.

Bursitis Pain Relief

Since Bursitis is a deep tissue 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 Complex II – This brings anti-inflammatory herbs and nutrients to allow quick recovery. 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. 
  • 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.

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