Are you suffering from pain in your shoulder, elbow or hip? Does this area feel sore/achy or hurt when you put pressure on it? You just may have bursitis. Bursitis is defined as the inflammation or irritation of the bursa. The bursa is a sac filled with fluid located in between tissue that decreases rubbing and irritation.

Bursitis is very common and most of the time the people affected don’t know what is happening. It can also the affect the knee and foot but it is most common in the hip, shoulder and elbow. Bursitis can be caused by tedious motions or minor impact over and over again, or by a single more serious injury. If you have a job with a lot of physical demand like construction or landscaping, you are more likely to suffer from bursitis. Another major factor is age. You are much more likely to get bursitis if you are over the age of 40. Once you are diagnosed with bursitis, there are many different routes you can take. Most often, resting the affected area is the best for your injury. Other remedies include over the counter anti-inflammatory, or physical therapy.

Physical therapy is a great way to treat your current injury, as well as prevent future injuries. Your physical therapist might use a variety of modalities to help your bursitis. Ultrasound provides deep heat to your affected area to soothe your injury. A soft tissue massage can help with you soreness and stiffness. Your physical therapist will also create a personalized exercise plan for you that will have you feeling back to your normal self in no time! If you think your symptoms feel like bursitis, go to your physical therapist to create a plan today!

Did you know that you have Direct Access to Physical Therapy? No referral is needed. We offer the best Physical Therapy on Long Island where you can get help from our trusted and expert Physical Therapists. We have several locations on Long Island including Massapequa, Valley Stream, Wantagh and Lindenhurst. To start your Physical Therapy evaluation, call Park Physical Therapy and The Physical Therapy Alliance at (516) 568-4444.