Bursitis and its Treatment

Published: 22nd July 2009
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What is bursitis, you ask? The "-tis" at the end of the word bursitis tells you it's an inflammation. It's caused by an inflamed bursa, a small jelly-like, often fluid-containing sac found throughout the body. A bursa is usually located at the point of your shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, and elbows. The bursa cushions the soft tissues against the hard bone and reduces the friction that gliding muscles make against the surface of the bone.

Common symptoms of bursitis include a dull ache or stiffness near the elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, big toe or other joints; a worsening of pain with movement or pressure; swelling, warmth and redness in the area.


1. Medicines like Trayodashang-Guggulu, Tapyadi-Loh and Ekang-Veer-Ras are used for prolonged periods. If the bursitis is due to an infection, medicines like Sukshma-Triphala, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu and Gandhak-Rasayan are used in order to treat bursitis.

2. Acupuncture Acupuncture can help reduce the inflammation and relieve the stiffness that accompanies bursitis, and it may promote the drainage of excess fluid. Acupoints targeted vary, depending on whether the pain is located in the hip, knee, or shoulder. Acupressure Acupressure can be used to alleviate the pain and inflammation associated with bursitis.

3. In most cases, bursitis can be effectively treated by completely resting the affected joint. However, there are also a few easy-to-use home remedies which can assist in relieving bursal inflammation.

4. Turmeric - Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. The active ingredient, curcumin, is responsible for these properties and in studies has shown to be as effective as potent anti-inflammatory drugs, but without the side effects. Turmeric can be taken internally as well as used topically.

5. Bodywork is a Swedish massage treatment using rhythmic, flowing strokes directed toward the heart. There are several different forms of bodywork that are useful to treat the chronic joint pain of bursitis sufferers.

6. Bursitis can disappear within 2 weeks if the joint is given absolute rest. During this "time off," RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) is recommended, and many sufferers wear special braces or wraps to keep the area immobilized. Aspirin can be used to keep inflammation in check. Some physicians inject cortisone into the affected joint.

7. Physical therapist. While rest is prescribe as a care and relief, on the other hand exercise can help relieve some areas of the body. A therapist can go through a variety of exercises with you including range of motion to help get your joints back in shape. These variety in movement will allow the area to go through a range of motions, as the area affected was normally dominated by one movement.

8. Because shoulder bursitis is a similar symptom as shoulder tendinitis, a rotator cuff physical therapy strengthening program will prove effective. These strengthening programs will help with regaining strength and full motion of the shoulder.

9. The Ayurvedic treatment of bursitis is aimed at controlling the pain and reducing the swelling and inflammation in the bursae. Medicines like Triphala-Guggulu, Yograj-Guggulu, Kaishor-Guggulu, Vat-Gajankush-Ras, Maha-Vat-Vidhwans-Ras and Vish-Tinduk-Vati are used to control pain.

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