Whether your at play or in a demanding work environment, bursitis can develop rather quickly. This is, in large part, due to the repetitive stressors applied to areas surrounding your joint cavities, called bursae. We have more than 150 bursae in our bodies.
These small, fluid-filled sacs provide lubrication and a cushioning effect for the many pressure points between bone, as well as the tendons and muscles surrounding the joint. Bursitis occurs when these bursae become inflamed. This inflammation results in pain and the decreased range of motion of a particular joint during normal movement, or actions that would typically be construed as easy and/or pain-free.
Bursa are rounded, closed, fluid-filled sacs lined by synovium. Their primary functions serve to as a buffer of sorts, separating areas or exposed bone from overlapping muscles, skin and/or tendons. The major bursae are located adjacent to the tendons of larger joints, such as the shoulders, hips, and knees. Maintaining bursae health is important as they are critical for processes relating to movement. When the lubricative and cushioning support is lost, the increase in pressure and inflammation results in moderate to severe pain.
How Bursitis Occurs:
Bursitis typically results from chronic friction, or the overuse of a specific joint. When repetition is not to blame, it is likely caused by direct trauma, such as kneeling or a repetitive bumping of the area. Certain underlying causes like arthritis, infection, or gout, all influence the onset of bursitis as well. Many times, physicians do not have a definitive answer and the cause remains unknown. Bursitis is common in gout.
Signs and Symptoms:
Patients of bursitis often complain of symptoms that resemble arthritis or muscle strain. Because symptoms often resembles the aforementioned two, it makes the process of self-diagnosis extremely difficult. Medical intervention is the most accurate way of assessing the severity of bursitis. The signs and symptoms of bursitis vary from person to person. Some cases may be easily recognizable by localized swelling, tenderness, and pain. Others may complain of symptoms ranging from motion issues (i.e. decreased movement), pressure, and stiffness to the local area of the join, to a burning sensation which encompasses the entire joint around the inflamed bursa. However, bursitis is almost always identified by pain during and after activity. Chronic and recurrent bursitis can, many times, be identified through X-ray to detect any calcification that may have formed. Your physician may also choose to aspirate and examine bursal fluid to assist in the diagnosing the cause.
Types of Bursitis:
The various types of bursitis are defined by the location of the inflamed bursa. This list is quite extensive and includes areas pertaining to the elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, and heel. However, to simply things, the following points list the varying types of the condition and should be thought of as subcategories of, or to, General Bursitis:
- Anserine Bursitis
- Calcanel Bursitis
- Iliopsoas Bursitis
- Infrapatellar bursitis
- Ischial Bursitis
- Olecranon Bursitis
- Prepatellar Bursitis
- Subacromial (subdeltoid) Bursitis
- Trochanteric Bursitis
Are you at risk?
Again, the primary causes of bursitis are the overuse (i.e. repetitive movement) of a joint and trauma to muscles or bursa itself. However, if you lead a sedentary lifestyle, you are also at an increased risk. The lack of elasticity in muscle has been shown to promote the onset of this condition. Other factors associated with an increased risk for bursitis development include age, posture, sitting for extended durations, and in the foot, bunions.
Standard Treatment Options:
The primary goal of treatment for those with bursitis is to prevent any recurrences by protecting, or immobilizing, the affected area. This can be accomplished by limiting physical activity, getting adequate rest, nutritional supplementation, addressing dietary concerns, and applying ice packs to provide a reduction in swelling (if needed). Some doctors may even implement a physical therapy protocol, exercising in a way that does not cause inflammation, rather speeds the recovery process by strengthening muscles in in the area of bursa inflammation.
Reducing the pain and inflammation of bursitis may also be accomplished by the topical application of an anti-inflammatory/pain reliever that penetrates the body's skin barrier. Your doctor may also recommend corticosteroids to relieve inflammation. These drugs are injected directly into the bursa to relieve the pain, discomfort, and inflammation caused by bursitis. However, some physicians advise against this practice, as corticosteroids injections are caustic and may weaken surrounding tissue structures and promote the creation of more scar tissue.
Finally, if the bursitis is caused by an underlying infection, prescription antibiotics are the standard course of treatment. Surgery can also be done to either drain the existing bursa, or remove it completely; this procedure is extremely rare.
Acusil Can Compliment Your Existing Bursitis Treatment Program
Alternative therapies are very useful, especially in the management of pain and inflammation commonly experienced by bursitis sufferers. Many patients are recommended to use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Ibuprophen and Acetaminophen, for such symptoms. However, the regular use of these popular over-the-counter medicines has been associated with ulcers and other disturbances of the GI tract. Diet and nutritional supplementation programs rich in anti-inflammatory oils and herbs has proved far more advantageous to one's overall health than these medicines.
Acusil contains supplements proven to strengthen and tone specific body systems; namely those which encompass inflammatory, immunological, and pain response. The ingredient list includes:
- Methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM, is a sulfur-containing compound that can relieve pain, decrease inflammation and increase blood flow to injured areas, including the bursae.
- Curcumin (Curcuma longa) is one of the best known and heavily researched anti-inflammatory compounds, and is the main active ingredient in the herb turmeric; an herb which has been used extensively by naturopathic physicians for bursitis treatment.
- Willow Bark Extract (Salix alba) contains anti-inflammatory and pain relieving compounds (like salacin) from which aspirin (ASA) is derived. Aspirin is a commonly administered nonsteroidal anti-Inflammatory used for the many negative symptoms associated with bursitis.
- Boswellia serrata (Indian frankincense) is another pain relieving, anti-inflammatory herb with a safe pharmacologic profile.
- Ginger (Zingiber officinale) acts as a broad based anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent, and much like boswellia, ginger inhibits 5-lipoxygenase, distinguishing these herbs form NSAIDs.
When used in conjunction with a diet abundant in vitamins A and C, calcium, magnesium, essential oils, and B-vitamin compounds, Acusil accurately addresses the nutritional concerns of this condition; providing reductions in both the discomfort of bursitis's more troublesome symptoms and duration of individual recovery.
Daily Dosage: As a dietary supplement, take one capsule in the morning and one capsule in the evening with 8 ounces of water. Our suggested minimum serving is 2 capsules daily/maximum serving of 4 capsules daily. 45-60 days of continuous use is necessary for optimum results.
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