BURSITIS

BURSITIS

By definition, bursitis is the inflammation (‘itis’ = inflammation) of the small, fluid-filled sacs known as bursa. These bursae reduce friction at critical points in the body — usually where muscles or their corresponding tendons slide across bones. Healthy bursae create a smooth, almost frictionless, gliding surface that makes normal movement painless. However, when bursitis occurs, movement across an inflamed or irritated bursa becomes both difficult and painful.

Bursitis is most commonly caused by repetitive movement and / or excessive pressure or mechanical stress. Repetitive jobs or sports tend to be big factors in developing bursitis. Although bursitis can occur in dozens of places, the most common places to be diagnosed include:

  • PREPATELLAR BURSITIS:  Causes a form of Knee Bursitis known as Housemaid’s Knee.
  • INFRAPATELLAR BURSITIS:  Causes a form of Knee Bursitis known as Clergyman’s Knee.
  • TROCHANTARIC BURSITIS:  Causes hip pain that is often diagnosed as Hip Bursitis.
  • OLECRANON BURSITIS:   A form of Elbow Bursitis that is characterized by pain and swelling in the elbow.
  • SUBACROMIAL BURSITIS:  Causes a form of shoulder pain typically diagnosed as Shoulder Bursitis.

Traumatic injury is a less-common, but equally problematic cause of bursitis. Sometimes bursitis can even be caused by a systemic disease process such as RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS. Although I might be able to provide some answers for reducing the itis (INFLAMMATION), Tissue Remodeling will not likely be effective for disease-based bursitis. 

BURSITIS OF THE KNEE


Bursitis of the knee

Photo by Atropos235

BURSITIS OF THE ELBOW


Bursitis of the elbow

Image by PD


MOST DIAGNOSED BURSITIS ARE NOT REALLY BURSITIS!

(BURSITIS, FASCIAL ADHESION, or TENDINOPATHY?)

It is my experience after over two decades of practice, and more than15 years of treating extensively via Scar Tissue Remodeling, that the vast majority of what doctors are diagnosing as bursitis, is not bursitis.  It is either a FASCIAL ADHESION or some sort of Tendinopathy —- particularly TENDINOSIS.

If someone comes to me with the bony knob of their elbow (or their knee) swollen up like a tennis ball, Tissue Remodeling is not going to help. That is a true bursitis and will require some other sort of intervention (possibly acupuncture, possibly having it drained, maybe some LLLT). However, when someone is generically diagnosed with ‘bursitis’ of the shoulder or hip, there is a strong possibility that I can help their problem. This is because the majority of bursitis diagnosis in these two areas are not really bursitis at all. As stated above, they are usually a Tendinopathy or a Fascial Adhesion. But don’t take my word for it.

Read what Dr. Warren Hammer, the chiropractic profession’s #1 expert in the arena of treating and managing problems of the ELASTIC, COLLAGEN-BASED CONNECTIVE TISSUES, with well over 60 years of clinical experience, has to say on the issue.  Does he agree with this Missouri hillbilly’s assessment of the situation?  Pay attention as Dr. Hammer breaks down recent research that was published in the medical journal, Joint, Bone, Spine; as well as the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports

“It is interesting to note that the term, “periarthritis of the hip” has been changed to hip rotator cuff tears, to trochanteric tendino-bursitis.  However, studies have shown that isolated hip bursitis is virtually non-existent.  Although a bursitis may be present, the underlying causes are lesions of the overlying tendons…..”

I have a feeling that this is true the majority of the time, no matter what part of the body you are talking about.  If you have been diagnosed with bursitis, but do not have the kind of swelling seen in the pictures above, I would strongly suggest trying one treatment with our Scar Tissue Remodeling.  If your problem is in fact, Tendon or Fascia, you will see big change.  If it is truly a Bursitis, this method of treatment will not help (the cool thing is, it won’t make you worse like THE BIG FIVE will).   Also understand that anything that has to do with inflammation can be addressed using THESE METHODS.

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