Tendonitis And Bursitis
Bursa: A small fluid filled sac that provides a cushion between bones and tendons and/or muscles around a joint. Bursitis is a common condition where one of these fluid filled sacs becomes inflamed. Common areas for Tendonitis And Bursitis are the shoulder, elbow, knee, and hip.
Overuse or injury to the joint at work or play increases a person’s risk of bursitis. Examples of high risk activities include gardening, raking, carpentry, and painting. Tennis, golf, skiing, throwing and pitching also increase your risk of developing bursitis. Poor body posture and poor stretching before exercising can also lead to bursitis.
Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon. Common areas of tendonitis include the elbow (golfers elbow and tennis elbow), patellar tendon (knee), achilles tendon (ankle), as well as shoulder rotator cuff musculature. Performing specific repetitive movements over time (usually due to employment or sports) as well as getting older increases
the likelihood of developing bursitis and tendonitis.
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Tendonitis And Bursitis
Bursitis and Tendonitis are common conditions that are often caused by over use of certain parts of the body. Bursitis is a painful condition that affects the small fluid filled sacs called bursae that cushions the bones. Bursitis most often affects the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, heel or the base of the big toe. Tendonitis on the other hand is the inflammation or irritation of the tendon also most often caused by repetitive use of a certain part of the body, although it can also result for minor impact. Tendonitis most often affects the base of the thumb, elbow, shoulder, hip and Achilles tendon.
Activities such as gardening, raking, carpentry, house cleaning, tennis, golf, skiing, painting and stresses from other conditions such as arthritis and gout can result in either bursitis or tendonitis.
Bursitis and Tendonitis Help
If you take certain steps when the pain from bursitis and tendonitis first appears both of these conditions can be treated without the aid of a bursitis and tendonitis doctor. Early treatment for these conditions include:
- • Avoidance of any activity that aggravates the injury.
- • Resting the affected area and icing it several times a day to reduce swelling
- • Taking over the counter medicine to reduce inflammation and pain.
However you do seek the help of a medical professional should you notice excessive swelling, redness, bruising or sharp shooting pain in the affect area or if you find you have the inability to move the joint. Your doctor will take a history of when the pain started, what activities make the pain worse and other information needed to help diagnose the condition before he begins any treatment.
Once your doctor has diagnosed you with bursitis and tendonitis he may recommend that your attend a bursitis and tendonitis clinic and seek additional help from a licensed physical therapist. Physical therapy is meant to help to strengthen the muscles surrounding the area affected by the tendonitis or bursitis. Strengthening the muscles around the affected are can ease the stress and help the area to heal faster as well as prevent the condition of occurring again. Keep in mind that your bursitis or tendonitis won’t heal over night it can often takes weeks or months for the area to completely heal.
Physical therapy may be used in conjunction with doctor recommended medication, cortcosteroid injections and other treatment to help ease the pain and heal the affected area.
In worse case scenarios surgery to drain the bursae may be considered and undertaken.
Should you suspect that you may have tendonitis or bursitis don’t ignore the pain, instead contact your doctor and find out what you can do to effectively deal with the problem before the tendonitis or bursitis becomes chronic. Once you seek medical help follow their advice. Learning everything you can about your condition and possible treatment will make it easier to understand how the healing process works.