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Is your shoulder, elbow, or hip swollen? Do you experience extreme pain each time you move or press any of these parts? You may be suffering from a condition called bursitis.

Bursitis happens when the bursae (fluid-filled sacs that protect the bones, muscles, and tendons near the joints) become inflamed. Bursitis can cause pain and discomfort in locations that are often used for repetitive motions including the:

  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Knees
  • Ankles
  • Heels
  • The base of the big toes

Resting the affected area and protecting it from trauma can alleviate the symptoms of an inflamed bursae. Following treatment, the pain typically disappears after a few weeks. However, flare-ups may recur in some cases.

What Are the Symptoms of Bursitis?

You may have bursitis if your joints exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Increasing pain when the affected area is moved
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Redness

Different bursitis types show specific symptoms:

  • Olecranon and prepatellar bursitis – Difficulty bending the arm or leg
  • Trochanteric bursitis – Painful sensation is felt when you lie on your hip
  • Trochanteric and retrocalcaneal bursitis – Difficulty walking

What Are the Causes of bursitis and Its Risk Factors?

A person can develop bursitis due to repetitive movements and/or positions that exert pressure on the bursae found near a joint. Examples of these movements are:

  • Leaning on your elbows for extended periods
  • Extensive kneeling, like scrubbing floors or laying carpet
  • Repeated throwing of a ball or lifting an object over the head
  • Other causes including injury/trauma to the affected part and inflammatory arthritis (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, infection, and gout)

Anybody can experience bursitis, but you’re at a high risk of developing due to these factors:

 

  • Age – Ageing individuals are prone to bursitis

 

  • Hobbies and occupations – Jobs and hobbies that require repetitive motion stresses out the bursae, leading to increased bursitis risk. Among them are gardening, painting, playing a musical instrument, and tile setting.

 

 

  • Medical condition – Certain medical conditions also expose a person to higher bursitis risk, including diabetes, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis.

 

  • Weight – Being overweight or obese can heighten your risk of developing knee and hip bursitis.

 

When Should I Seek Professional Help?

If you suspect you may have bursitis, consult with a physiotherapist right away. In most cases, patients suffering from bursitis also have other conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. Such conditions can tear the tendons or ligaments, resulting in an irritated bursa and aggravated pain.

See a physiotherapist if you experience these bursitis symptoms:

  • Joint pain that’s limiting your mobility
  • Fever
  • Inability to move a joint
  • Excessive bruising, swelling, and redness in the affected joint
  • Shooting pain when you exercise

Free yourself from pain by entrusting your condition in the hands of a caring and reliable physiotherapist in Brampton.

Get Long-Term Bursitis Relief. Contact Brampton Physiocare & Wellness Clinic today!

When it comes to effective bursitis treatments in Brampton, you can count on the physiotherapists at Brampton Physiocare & Wellness Clinic. We understand that the pain and discomfort that bursitis brings can take a toll on your well-being, that’s why we’re here to help you on your path to long-term recovery.

Equipped with proper training, experience, and expertise, our physiotherapists will evaluate your condition and design a personalized treatment plan based on your physical history and doctor’s assessment. We’re passionate about bursitis physiotherapy, we prescribe simple exercises that aim to help you gain your strength and flexibility so you can achieve complete healing.

Let us help you get long-term relief from bursitis. Visit us at 51 Mountainash Road, Unit 9 Brampton, ON L6R 1W4. To book your appointment or to channel your questions, call us today at (905) 497-1311. You may also send us an instant message through our Contact Us form.