Bursitis is a common injury to the joints that can make most daily activities painful and difficult to accomplish. Fortunately, this condition can often be treated at home with rest and conservative care. Exercises that help improve joint mobility, stability, and strength can also help relieve bursitis symptoms and reduce recovery time.
Treatment methods for bursitis can vary depending on the type and severity of your bursitis, so it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider if pain or other symptoms don’t improve. Even if it can be treated conservatively from home, a bursitis injury can take several weeks to heal on its own. If you’re currently struggling with a bursitis injury and can’t seem to find relief, consult with an Airrosti provider today to jumpstart your recovery.
What is Bursitis?
Most of our joints are equipped with small fluid-filled sacs called bursae, which lubricate the internal structures of the joint. They act as a cushion between tendons and bones, reducing friction and allowing the joints to move painlessly. Bursitis is a condition that develops when a bursa becomes irritated from injury or overuse. Bursitis often occurs in the major bursae within the shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, and feet.
Common symptoms of bursitis include:
- Pain in the affected joint that may worsen with movement.
- Joint stiffness, tenderness, and swelling.
- Increased pain when pressure is applied to the affected area.
Recovery Tips for Bursitis
When it comes to treating bursitis at home, one of the first things you should do is rest the affected joint and avoid doing activities that can further irritate the bursa. To help reduce swelling and irritation, you can also apply an ice pack to the area for 10-15 minutes at a time. If you sleep on your side at night, you can place a cushion under the affected joint to help minimize pressure on the bursa and protect the joint while you sleep.
Exercises for Bursitis Injuries
If you’re currently recovering from shoulder or hip bursitis, give your recovery a boost with daily stretches and exercises demonstrated by our providers in the videos below! These exercises can help restore range of motion, improve joint stability, and strengthen the muscles that surround and support the joint.
*Disclaimer: Always consult with your doctor before starting any exercise program. If you experience any numbness, tingling or reproduction of your symptoms, please contact your doctor.
Get Bursitis Relief with Help from Airrosti
Even though bursitis is a common injury that can often be treated conservatively, not all bursitis cases respond well to at-home treatment. Severe or chronic injuries may need a more hands-on approach, which is why it’s important to discuss your symptoms with your healthcare provider to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for your specific injury.
At Airrosti, we focus on finding the root cause of pain and fixing injuries at the source. We spend significant one-on-one time with each patient, conducting a thorough evaluation and diagnosis to find the root cause of your pain. We then develop a comprehensive treatment plan designed to alleviate pain quickly and effectively through effective myofascial release and active rehab exercises. With Airrosti treatment, most soft-tissue injuries like bursitis can be resolved in just three visits, based on patient-reported outcomes. You’ll also receive helpful injury education and resources to boost your recovery and help prevent future injuries.
Airrosti offers both in-office and virtual appointments to best suit your needs. Call us at (855) 938-3153 to learn more or schedule your appointment today.
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