How to Manage Bursitis

Did you know that you have over 150 bursae in your body? Bursae, which are small, fluid-filled sacs, cushion your joints. Bursae are located in your hip, knee, shoulder, and elbow, and any of these bursae can become inflamed, leading to bursitis.

Because your joints may be afflicted by a variety of conditions, Jeffrey Miller, MD at Osteoporosis & Rheumatology Center of Tampa Bay, LLC, encourages you to come visit our office to confirm that your pain is caused by bursitis.

In the meantime, here are some helpful tips for managing bursitis at home. 

Do you have bursitis?

Bursae act as cushions between the moving parts of your point — the bones, tendons, muscles, etc. However, repetitive motions can irritate the bursae. Inflamed bursae may cause the affected joint to:

Bursitis can cause pain, even if you’re at rest.

Managing bursitis at home

No matter which joint hurts, you can do a lot to promote healthy joints at home. Keep these tips in mind:

A few simple adjustments — such as not leaning on your elbows — can go a long way in keeping your joints healthy. Infections, diabetes, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis are also associated with bursitis, according to John Hopkins. You may need to manage these conditions to prevent future issues with bursitis.

When to seek medical interventions for bursitis

Sometimes bursitis can be managed with rest and ice, but that isn’t always the case. If you’re dealing with bursitis pain and need help managing the condition, contact Dr. Miller. Additional treatments for bursitis include:

In addition to treating bursitis, Dr. Miller can also help you manage other conditions like gout that are linked to bursitis. 

Preventing future instances of bursitis 

Even after your bursitis is treated, you can continue to take steps to reduce your risk of developing inflamed bursae in the future.

Protect your joints

Use knee pads for extending kneeling, such as when you’re gardening. Practice safe lifting habits to avoid unnecessary strain on your hips. Protecting your joints from damage doesn’t just reduce your risk of bursitis; it can reduce your risk of other joint injuries, too.

Avoid overuse

Overuse and repetitive motions are a big risk factor for bursitis. Alternate your tasks to avoid overusing one particular joint. Cross-training can be particularly effective here.

Maintain a healthy weight

Carrying excess body weight can strain your joints, especially your hips and knees. Maintaining a healthy weight can also help you manage arthritis in these joints.

Exercise regularly 

Exercise and regular stretching can also help you manage bursitis and reduce your risk of joint injury.

Do your joints hurt? We’re just a call away.  To schedule your initial appointment, call our Tampa, Florida office at 813-336-3793.

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