Bursitis Treatment.You have the symptoms - now, what is the best bursitis treatment?
How do you treat bursitis? Bursitis treatment is approached in two parts. Firstly, the bursitis itself needs treatment and secondly the cause of the bursitis must be removed. Let's look at each in turn:
Treatment for bursitis should be monitored closely by your doctor and chartered physiotherapist. Initial treatment involves resting the joint around where the affected bursa is. Avoid putting any pressure on the bursa itself. Ice is of value in the acute stages when there is inflammation and swelling. Ice helps reduce swelling and redness. By doing this the bursa will be able to return to its healthy functional state.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication may assist also in reducing the swelling and inflammation associated with bursitis. Seek a doctors opinion before starting medication for treating your bursitis. Cortisone injections are often required in the treatment of bursitis, especially if the swelling and pain is not responding to rest and ice. Cortisone is a strong anti-inflammatory medication which is injected directly into the bursa having an intense but only local effect. I recommend early cortisone intervention with an acute bursitis.
Cause of Bursitis.
Treating the cause of bursitis means removing it! I commonly see people with bursitis. They present with pain and on further assessment some of their muscles are too weak, and others are too strong. Physiotherapy provides you with exercises to eliminate these muscle imbalances. If this is the cause of your bursitis doing these exercises will reduce the risk of your bursitis returning.
However, you must not do exercises in the painful stage of bursitis unless you are under the guidance of a Physiotherapist. If the cause of your bursitis is repetitive working postures and movements then exercises, postural correction and taking regular breaks is the treatment of choice. A qualified ergonomic Physiotherapist will help you with overuse bursitis.
A common bursitis is in the knee. It usually occurs in people who kneel a lot for their work. Use cushions and buy a good pair of knee supports with frontal padding immediately!!!Prevention is always better than cure!
The treatments I have talked about here are usually adequate for a full resolution of your bursitis. However, if they are not surgery can be done to remove the affected bursa. This in my opinion is the option of last resort and should be considered greatly before it is done. Exhaust conservative treatments first is my advice!
If you have an infected bursa your bursa may need to be drained and antibiotic treatment will be required. Early intervention is the key, so if you suspect an infection go to your doctor immediately.
If you suffer from gout or arthritis and are prone to bursitis, try to avoid flare ups in your condition as best as you can. Use alternative therapies as well as western medicine - as they too have their place.
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