The Facts about Bursitis
Bursitis is a term for the swelling and/or irritation of the bursa. Your bursa is a fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between your muscles, tendons and joints to help prevent irritation or constriction. Similar to cartilage, your bursa helps to decrease any friction between tissues and bones. Bursitis is most commonly found in the hip, but can arise in other areas and joints as well. Some cases of bursitis are caused from impact or injury to an area, and some are caused by overuse or other underlying medical issues such as arthritis or scoliosis. Most often bursitis causes sharp, intense pain around the hip joint and muscles and moves down the thigh. Because it is very common, bursitis is not a threatening issue. To help treat bursitis and ease the pain that comes with it, patients can have chiropractic adjustments, medical injections and physical therapy treatments, which are most common. During physical therapy, the iontophoresis method along with various forms of strengthening, stretching and exercises are used to treat bursitis. Listen here as Doctor of Physical Therapy Nichole Roiko explains the ins and outs of bursitis.