Bursitis Treatment Can Help.

With over 200,000 new cases diagnosed each year, bursitis is an extremely common occurrence in the United States. Unfortunately, everyone is susceptible to this injury, from children to adults. Because of its significant prevalence, it is important to know what exactly bursitis is, common symptoms of bursitis, and, most importantly, what some bursitis treatment options are.

What is Bursitis?

Bursitis (bur-Sy-tis) is a painful condition that occurs when small, fluid-filled sacs known as bursae (bur-SEE), become irritated and inflamed. With over 150 of these small sacs located throughout the human body, bursae ensure that your joints move smoothly, serving as cushions and lubrication between your bones, tendons, and ligaments. Individuals with bursitis will experience pain at the site of the inflamed bursae, especially upon moving the affected joint.

What are the Symptoms of Bursitis? 

If you have bursitis, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Tenderness, with or without movement
  • Pain that increases with movement or pressure
  • Swelling
  • Loss of movement
  • Redness or bruising around affected area
  • Stiffness


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What Causes Bursitis?

Typically, overuse and repetitive movement are the main causes of bursitis. These actions can easily lead to irritation and inflammation within the bursae that surround an overused joint. For example, if a baseball is thrown repeatedly for an extended period of time, the bursae surrounding the shoulder joint are also repeatedly being activated, increasing the chance of irritation and subsequent swelling with each throw.

Another common cause is positions that put pressure on the bursae either constantly or for an extensive amount of time, such as kneeling on the floor or leaning on your elbows for long periods of time. Other less common causes are injuries, infections, or existing health conditions. For example, an injury can damage the tissue inside the bursa, resulting in inflammation, or bacteria from an infection can also lead to an inflamed bursa.

What are the Most Commonly Affected Areas of Bursitis? 

While any bursa can become inflamed, the following areas are the most commonly affected areas which bursitis occurs:

What are the Different Types of Bursitis? 

The most common types of bursitis are:

  • Trochanteric
  • Olecranon
  • Ischial
  • Shoulder Bursitis
  • Knee Bursitis
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Subacromial
  • Anterior Achilles Tendon Bursitis
  • Posterior Achilles Tendon Bursitis 

What is the Best Treatment for Bursitis? 

Bursitis treatment varies from simple, in-home treatments to professional treatment from experts, such as a chiropractor or doctor. In-home treatment mainly includes ice, adequate rest, and pain relievers. However, these treatments typically only resolve pain and swelling for short duration of time and are less effective than professional treatment. Due to the painful and long-lasting nature of this condition, seeking professional bursitis treatment is highly recommended.

At Leigh Brain & Spine, a multi-faceted approach toward decreasing the inflammation of the bursae provides fast and long-lasting relief of symptoms associated with Bursitis. Professional services that can be recommended by themselves or in conjunction with each other include chiropractic adjustments to improve the nerve signal and decrease pain, Food Sensitivity Testing and Gut Repair to decrease inflammation within the body, Massage Therapy to improve circulation and decrease muscle tension and inflammation, and neurofeedback therapy to improve functioning of the pain centers in the brain. Comprehensive care can be the difference maker in a fast recovery from bursitis.

For Trochanteric Bursitis, Leigh Brain & Spine is the only chiropractor in the Triangle area to provide excellent, quick, and effective bursitis treatment using our DRX9000C. This state-of-the-art medical device is an alternative, non-invasive approach that can provide fast pain relief from bursitis-like symptoms. It is designed to reduce and eliminate pressure between the spinal discs, which can relive the painful feelings that a person senses from the pressure, swelling, and inflammation of the bursae, drastically decreasing pain levels while swiftly healing the bursae. Interestingly, disorders of the spine can refer pain to regions that have bursae, mimicking greater bursitis pain. This is especially common in the low back regions of L1-L4, L5/S1 which create nerve compression and lower lumbar spine disc and facet degeneration.

Why Leigh Brain & Spine?

 Leigh Brain & Spine is committed to completely resolving all of your health and pain needs in the quickest, and most effective way. For over 25 years, Dr. Leigh has been assisting patients overcome various different types of pain, from migraines to Plantar Fasciitis. With a friendly and helpful team, a comfortable atmosphere, and the latest technology, our team knows how to best resolve pain in a quick and simple manner. Not only are we conveniently located in the Chapel Hill, but we are also the only chiropractor in the Triangle area with the DRX9000C. Using the latest technology combined with our effective bursitis treatment, Dr. Leigh can help to swiftly alleviate your bursitis pain.