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What is Bursitis?

Though very different, tendonitis and bursitis are two of the most common orthopedic diagnoses. Tendonitis is an inflammation or irritation in the tendons, and 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. Both of these injuries can result in pain, swelling, warmth, irritation, etc. Bursitis is commonly mistaken for arthritis and often involves the shoulders, elbows, hips, wrists, knees, and ankles – wherever you have a joint. Some cases of bursitis are caused from impact or injury to an area, and some are caused by too much pressure on the join, or 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, Iontophoresis along with various forms of strengthening, stretching, and exercises are used to treat bursitis. Click to listen as Physical Therapist Dominic Turner explains what bursitis is and how you can treat it.

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