Have you recently begun to experience pain or discomfort in your shoulders, elbows, and hips?  Are once easy motions now difficult to accomplish? If this sounds familiar, you could be dealing with the condition known as bursitis.  While it likely will not lead to dangerous complications, leaving bursitis unchecked can bring down your quality of life.  To mitigate the chances of this happening, consider working with our team at Advance Physical Therapy once bursitis arises.  We’ll administer the physical therapy treatment you need to help eliminate this condition once and for all.

What Is Bursitis? 

Bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that are found where bones, muscles, and tendons come together to form joints throughout the body.  They offer lubrication and cushioning for these areas to help prevent friction from taking place. However, if irritation of the bursae takes place, they become inflamed and painful, leading to bursitis.  While bursitis is most commonly found in the shoulders, elbows, and hips, any of the bursae throughout your body are subject to this condition. When you begin to experience the below symptoms, be sure to reach out to our physical therapists right away:

  • Inability to move joints due to pain.
  • Excessive swelling, bruising, or development of a rash around the affected joint.
  • Experiencing sharp or shooting pain when physically exerting yourself.

Common Causes Of Bursitis

As previously stated, bursitis is a condition that develops as a result of the bursae becoming irritated and inflamed.  Some of the most common causes that lead to the development of bursitis include the following:

  • Overusing and overexerting your joints.
  • Keeping joints bent for too long. 
  • Utilizing improper posture when sitting or standing.
  • Conditions that affect the health of your bones, such as arthritis.
  • Muscular imbalances.    

Treating Bursitis With Physical Therapy

Sometimes, all that is needed to reduce the symptoms of bursitis is a few day’s worth of icing and rest.  However, this does nothing to help prevent bursitis from happening again in the future. At Advance Physical Therapy, our team wants to help patients recover for injuries and medical conditions, not just their symptoms.  Physical therapy helps to achieve just that. This physical-based treatment is useful in treating a wide range of injuries and conditions, including bursitis. Through the use of therapeutic stretches and exercises, any injuries, posture issues, or muscle imbalances that caused your bursitis can be treated, allowing you to find the relief you have been looking for.     

Don’t let the symptoms of bursitis linger and recur longer than necessary.  Contact our team at Advance Physical Therapy today to learn more about the treatments we offer, and how they can eradicate bursitis from your life completely.