Bursitis occurs when the bursae (tiny sacs of fluid that cushion the joints) become inflamed. Bursae prevent excessive friction between muscles and bones. Rheumatic conditions, repetitive motions, injuries, and the aging process can cause these protective elements to become compressed, resulting in pain. Bursitis frequently develops in the knees, hips, elbows, shoulders, heels, and ankles, but it can appear in other areas of the body, too. Fortunately, chiropractic can alleviate the pain and swelling associated with the condition.
If inflammation is recurrent or the patient has been experiencing it for a long time, it can be detected through X-rays. When bursitis is in its early stages, a chiropractor may use ultrasound to reduce the swelling. This modality may be paired with massage therapy.
Once the condition is stabilized, joint manipulations may be the next step in a patient's chiropractic care plan. While many people associate manipulations with the spine, they can be applied to the extremities as well. Adjusting the joints loosens stiff soft tissues, improves nervous system functioning, and relieves pressure on the bursae.
Physiotherapy strengthens affected musculoskeletal structures, making them less susceptible to injury. Damaged soft tissues tend not to be used because of the pain, leading to muscle atrophy. To augment the benefits of therapeutic manipulations, patients are usually given exercises to do at home between appointments. Movement boosts circulation, delivering nutrients to soft tissues while removing waste. Physical therapy not only builds stamina, but also increases flexibility and range of motion. Exercise routines are customized to meet the unique needs of each patient.
In some instances, a chiropractor may suggest dietary modifications or supplementation to improve joint health. Patients can undergo testing to see if they are lacking in vital nutrients. Getting adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals can accelerate recovery and help patients maintain better overall health.