Aching and stiff shoulder or hip joints may indicate bursitis. At Laurelhurst Chiropractic, Dr. Phil McCary can evaluate your pain and help diagnose the condition. Chiropractic soft tissue stimulation and joint manipulations ease the discomfort of bursitis and help you heal. If you live in the Portland, Oregon, area and have symptoms of bursitis, call to make an appointment or use the online booking agent.
Bursitis Q & A
What is bursitis?
Inside your joints exists a small sac filled with fluid. It helps lubricate and cushion the joint. When you have bursitis, these bursa sacs become inflamed causing pain when you move.
Bursitis can be mistaken for a muscle strain or arthritis, but proper diagnosis puts you on an optimal path to healing.
What are the symptoms of bursitis?
Your hips and shoulders often experience these symptoms, but you can also develop bursitis in other large joints including the knee and elbow. Dr. McCary may suspect bursitis if you have:
- Swelling and tenderness at the joint
- Redness and warmth
- Aching or stiffness that worsens during joint movement
- Pain when lying on an affected joint
These symptoms may appear at once or develop with time.
What causes bursitis?
Repetitive movement usually causes bursitis, and it often affects older adults, but very active runners or cyclists can develop it, too. Sometimes, compression of the bursa for an extended period of time causes the pain.
Examples of movements that cause bursitis include:
- Swinging a bat or punching
- Sitting on a hard surface for hours daily
- A serious auto accident
- Overtraining in running or cycling
When untreated, bursitis pain can worsen and become chronic. Ultimately, it limits your overall health and movement.
How is bursitis treated with chiropractic?
Dr. McCary often treats people with bursitis and successfully reduces their pain and improves their range of motion. Chiropractic offers a drug-free treatment that involves spine and joint manipulations to remove excess pressure from the tendons and bursa. These manipulations can help correct misalignments that caused the joint problem in the first place and in loosening up affected soft tissue.
He also offers recommendations for rest, corrective exercises, icing and heat therapy, and ultrasound. The intention of chiropractic care is to reduce your inflammation and pain, prevent the condition from being aggravated, and promote natural healing.
Laurelhurst Chiropractic also offers alternative treatments to ease the discomfort of bursitis. Ask about acupuncture, which helps to reduce pain and swelling, and massage, which helps you relax and reduces stiffness associated with the inflamed joint.