Joint pain, swelling, and stiffness may be caused by inflammation of the bursa — a fluid-filled sac inside your joint. To get an exam and treatment, visit Eve Bend, DC, in Eastpointe, Michigan. Dr. Bend has been a chiropractor for more than 15 years and provides conservative care and advanced treatment solutions for bursitis with her integrative medical team. Call or schedule an appointment online now to get relief.
Bursitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the bursa within a joint. A bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac that provides a cushion and reduces friction of the joints in your knees, shoulders, hips, elbows, and feet. With bursitis, the bursa may swell, causing redness, pressure, and pain in the affected joint.
Bursitis pain can develop gradually over time or it may occur suddenly and cause severe pain, especially if there are calcium deposits located within the bursa. Calcium deposits are most common in the bursa of the shoulder and may also limit your range of motion.
Bursitis is caused by either repetitive motion or a direct, minor trauma to a joint. In some cases, bursitis can develop following a specific joint injury, like a fall on an outstretched arm. Common types of repetitive motion include:
Stress on the joints caused by arthritis and other joint conditions — including gout, psoriasis, and thyroid disorders — may also predispose you to develop bursitis.
To diagnose bursitis, the team begins with a thorough physical exam. This exam will assess the range of motion of the affected joint and the flexibility and strength of the surrounding muscles. The team will also press around the joint to check for signs of swelling, heat, or inflammation.
They then perform orthopedic tests to assess the function of the joint. These tests involve moving the joint through a series of motions and positions that may aggravate or relieve your pain. If necessary, the team may order X-rays or an MRI to rule out other causes of your pain — including arthritis and infection.
After reviewing your exam and any necessary imaging, your doctor diagnoses you with bursitis and recommends an appropriate treatment strategy.
Bursitis is treated with a number of conservative methods aimed at reducing your pain and improving the range of motion of your joint. Therapies may include exercises, stretches, or rehabilitation. The team may also recommend using ice over the joint to decrease pain and reduce swelling.
Activity modifications can also help to reduce any repetitive movements that aggravate your bursitis. In cases of unexplained joint pain, your doctor may recommend orthopedic massage to improve blood flow and mobility in the joint.
If you’re experiencing joint pain, schedule a visit with Eve Bend, DC, online or by phone today to get treatment.