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Newly Diagnosed With Bursitis? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you think you have bursitis, or are newly diagnosed with the condition, you might be wondering what to do about it. Knowing how to deal with the persistent pain of bursitis is a specialty of our team at Medical Wellness Group, so you only have to make a call to our office to set up a consultation.

Our experienced chiropractor, Dr. James Appell, understands how disruptive bursitis pain can be and offers an integrative, whole-person approach to your care. Here, Dr. Appell provides an overview of what bursitis is and how chiropractic care can help.

Understanding bursitis

Bursitis is a painful condition that results when the small bursae (fluid-filled sacs) that cushion the structures in your joints become inflamed.

This inflammation is typically the result of overuse of your joint from repetitive movements during certain sports and other physical activities. For instance, if you play baseball, you might develop bursitis in your shoulder from repeatedly throwing a ball over your head.

In addition to athletes, people involved in certain manual labor jobs, such as construction, might be at higher risk for knee pain from bursitis when kneeling on the floor for extended periods of time or hip pain from repeated bending and lifting.

You might also be more likely to develop bursitis due to degenerative changes in your joint as you get older. Anyone with arthritis is at a higher risk for developing bursitis.

Signs your pain might be bursitis

In the early stages of bursitis, your joints might feel achy or stiff. Often, the pain increases when you move the joint or put pressure on it. Your joint might also become swollen, warm, and red.

Signs that your bursitis is more advanced include:

  • Fever
  • Severe joint pain
  • Limited joint mobility
  • Excessive joint swelling
  • The pain of bursitis is often described as sharp, and it can shoot through your joint with certain movements.

    Treatment options to relieve bursitis pain

    To create the right treatment plan for you, Dr. Appell carefully evaluates your joint and your medical history. Treatment options for bursitis include chiropractic adjustments, ultrasound treatments, and regenerative therapies.

    • Chiropractic adjustments
      Our team may first recommend over-the-counter anti-inflammatories to reduce joint inflammation, and Dr. Appell can use chiropractic manipulations to ensure your spine and other joints are properly aligned.
    • Ultrasound therapy
      Our team at Medical Wellness Group also offers ultrasound therapy that uses soundwaves to improve your blood circulation and help your joint heal itself naturally.
    • Stem cell and PRP therapy
      Regenerative therapy involves injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or stem cells, which trigger your body’s own healing response to reduce inflammation. Both PRP and stem cells also stimulate your body to produce new, healthy cells to replaced those in the joint that are damaged.

      Stem cells have the unique ability to regenerate into any type of new cells, including bone, muscle, tendon, and cartilage, to restore your joint health and function.

    These therapies can relieve pain so you can participate in exercises that strengthen your joint and improve its function. Chiropractic care can also reduce the need for surgery to drain inflamed bursae, which prevents unnecessary trauma to your body.

    If your joints aren’t working as well as they used to, call our office in Columbus, Ohio, or book an appointment online today.

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