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Bursitis is an Acute or chronic inflammation in a bursa. Bursae are thin-walled sacs lined with synovial fluid and function to lubricate and ease the movement of the tendons and muscles over bony prominences. Causes of bursitis include trauma; systemic disease (such as arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis); gout; repetitive or excessive frictional force;
or infection. Most commonly, bursitis is seen in the shoulder, although many other joints can become inflamed:
olecranon, pre- or suprapatellar, trochanteric, ischial, anserine.
Unless treated, the bursitis tends to become chronic or consistently recur. Bursitis may cause splinting muscle spasms which further compress and irritate the bursa. Advanced disease can lead to a frozen shoulder from marked collagenous adhesion formation.
if the bursa is superficial (e.g. olecranon and prepatellar).
using it; various degrees of pain, tenderness, swelling, muscle weakness; typically, the range of motion is
Nutrients Involved in Bursitis
Bromelain, vitamin B12, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, omega-3 fatty acids
Suggested Nutritional Supplementation for Bursitis
Select proteolytic enzymes.
Nutritional support for tendon, nerve, and muscle function.
Bursitis Dietary Suggestions
Bursitis Exercise Considerations
Range of motion exercise for shoulder.
To break adhesions: flex forearm to right angle, grasp wrist with one hand and point of elbow with other hand and elevate shoulder by pushing up on elbow, strongly supinate and pronate forearm, maintaining shoulder elevation, do this at various degrees of abduction, follow with heat.
Ice pack: for acute, keep on 5 minutes, remove for 1 minute, repeat 3 times.
Heat applications: to relieve pain, for 20 minutes followed by shower.
1. Face the wall at arm's length and lean into hands placed against wall.
2. Starting slightly above the level of the waist, walk hand over hand as high as possible without pain.
3. Repeat four times daily.
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