BursitisWhat is Bursitis?

Feeling pain in the hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, and other places where the joints are located is actually common. However, when the pain becomes so severe that you are unable to do your daily tasks, you have to consider the possibility of suffering from an ailment rather than just the normal pain that one feels everyday. One of the possible causes for such pain could be bursitis.

Bursitis is actually an inflammation of the bursa. This is the sac-like membrane that contains the fluids that are needed to lubricate the joints. This could usually be found in the hips, shoulders, elbows, and knees. It could also occur in the base of the big toe and the heel. When this inflames, severe pain and tenderness will follow. The pain intensifies whenever weight is placed on that particular joint. Bursitis is also known as housemaid’s knee or tennis elbow.


What Causes Bursitis?

One of the most common causes of this condition is a repetitive motion. At times, there are certain positions that would also lead to the irritation of the bursa at the joint. Some examples of which are the following:

  • Sitting for a long time on a hard surface
  • Leaning on the elbows for a long period of time
  • Kneeling too much like when you are scrubbing floors


Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of of Bursitis

  • Joint may feel stiff
  • It may also feel achy
  • The pain would intensify whenever you would try to press of move the affected area
  • The area looks red and swollen
  • Severe pain that would render you unable to perform regular tasks. When this happens, it is a must to see a doctor.
  • Pain that has been present for a long time, occurring for more than 2 weeks would also need medical attention.
  • Appearance of bruises, excessive swelling, and rash in the affected area.
  • Fever
  • Sharp shooting pain most especially when you move or try to exercise


Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Bursitis

The most common treatment for bursitis is medications, however, there have been so many cases wherein the patient would be relieved of the pain for several months but the symptoms would recur again. But, you could alleviate the symptoms as well as take the necessary precautions that would help in the prevention of bursitis.

Foods that You Must Avoid

  • Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake. These could increase any inflammation in the body, and could worsen bursitis if you already have one.
  • Reduce consumption of foods that are considered as acid-forming like animal-based foods and junk foods. Prunes, orange juice, plums, and rhubarbs must be avoided as well.

Friendly Foods

  • Fresh vegetables. These foods re-alkalise the body. The more green foods you consume, the better.
  • Fresh fruits. Eat more fruits. Make sure that you have them during mealtimes.
  • Millet and buckwheat. These are considered as alkaline foods that would benefit your body. You can use these fine grains for baking, or you could sprinkle them over a low-sugar breakfast.
  • Fresh ginger. This is an anti-inflammatory which could help individuals suffering from bursitis.
  • Oily fish. This also has anti-inflammatory properties that could benefit the body.
  • Turmeric and cayenne pepper. You can add these anti-inflammatory ingredients on food.

Some Useful Remedies for You

  • Vitamin C (1 to 3 grams daily). Make sure that it has bioflavonoids as well.
  • Fish oils (1 to 3 grams daily). This has anti-inflammatory properties that could very much help the condition. It also contains essential omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Bromelain (1,000mcu – 4,000mcu). This enzyme is extracted from pineapple and is a known anti-inflammatory.
  • Boswelia complex (4 tablets daily). Ginger, boswelia, and curcumin have anti-inflammatory properties as well.
  • Glucosamine sulphate (1,500mg – 2,000mg, reduce to 500 if symptoms alleviated). This is an amino sugar that could restore the fluids surrounding the joints. If you have shellfish allergy look for a vegetarian version.
  • Manganese (10mg daily). This helps in speeding up the repair process of the tendons. It also helps in easing the pain.

More Helpful Tips for You

  • Applying acetyl glucosamine gel, along with cayenne pepper on the area could help ease the inflammation.
  • You can also ice the painful area using a bag of frozen peas wrapped in tea towel. Do this for 10min. every few hours. This could help in reducing the pain and the inflammation.
  • To limit swelling, try using an elasticated bandage during daytime.
  • You could also try raising the affected area to be at a level above the heart. Doing this would help in draining the fluids out of the affected area.
  • Try to avoid weight training whenever the pain is already acute. This will tend to aggravate the problem further.
  • You could also go for acupuncture.
  • Aromatherapy massage could also do wonders for persons suffering from bursitis. Massage oils like ginger, chamomile, geranium, and marjoram, could all help in relieving the pain.
  • A magnet pad could also help when wrapped around the surrounding area. Magnets are known to increase circulation and could therefore usher in more oxygen to the affected area, which will then speed up the healing process.
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