If you have ever been diagnosed with bursitis you know all too well the pain, stiffness and frustration associated with it. A bursa is a fluid filled sac or cavity in the body that is designed to reduce friction between bones. When this sac gets inflamed you are diagnosed with bursitis, which is just an inflamed bursa.
So how does a bursa become inflamed? Simple. Lack of normal motion of the bones causes a situation where the bursa in under more pressure than normal. Sound familiar? That’s because many problems with the spine that cause pain are from the same cause.
In fact, spinal misalignments are typically what cause bursitis to happen in the first place. An area of the spine does not move properly which causes compensation in the associated area. Lets say for example you have an inflamed shoulder bursa. Lack of normal motion in the middle back causes you to compensate by using an altered range of motion in your arm. After several months of this the bursa has been under much more pressure than normal and inflammation results.
A bursitis is essentially on overuse injury. The key to healing it is to correct the motion problems in the spine, and extremity if any are present, and to allow the area enough time to rest and recover without overusing it. It is also helpful to ice the affected area while healing.
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