What Is Bursitis?
A bursa is a closed fluid-filled sac that functions as a gliding surface to reduce friction between tissues of the body. “Bursae” is the plural form of “bursa.” The major bursae are located adjacent to the tendons near the large joints, such as the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees. When a bursa becomes inflamed, the condition is known as “bursitis.”
A bursa can become inflamed from injury, infection or due to an underlying rheumatic condition. Examples of bursitis include injury as subtle as lifting a bag of groceries into the car to inflame the shoulder bursa (shoulder bursitis), infection of the bursa in front of the knee from an abrasion or puncture wound (septic prepatellar bursitis), and inflammation of the elbow bursa from gout crystals. Sometimes tendonitis occurs associated with bursitis, especially in the shoulder.
Causes of bursitis:
●Injury, such as from a fall or hit
●Prolonged pressure, which can result from kneeling, sitting, or leaning on a particular joint for a long period
●Strain or overuse from repeating the same motion many times
●Joint stress from an abnormal gait; for example, walking unevenly because one leg is shorter than the other
●Gout or other crystal diseases
●Certain types of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis
●Infection resulting from bacteria entering the body through a cut or scrape in the skin
The treatment of any form of bursitis depends on whether or not it involves infection. Bursitis that is not infected (from injury or underlying rheumatic disease) can be treated with ice compresses, rest, and anti-inflammatory and pain medications. Occasionally, it requires aspiration of the bursa fluid. This office procedure involves removal of the fluid with a needle and syringe under sterile conditions. It can be performed in the doctor’s office.
Infectious (septic) bursitis requires even further evaluation and aggressive treatment. The bursal fluid can be examined in the laboratory to identify the microbes causing the infection. Septic bursitis requires antibiotic therapy, sometimes intravenously. Repeated aspiration of the infected fluid may be required. Surgical drainage and removal of the infected bursa sac (bursectomy) may also be necessary. Generally, the adjacent joint functions normally after the surgical wound heals.
Dr. David Williams says: Therapies for Treating Bursitis Naturally
Natural Bursitis Treatments
As soon as a bursa becomes inflamed, you must rest that part of your body. Don’t try to “work it out,” because any movement will only cause further irritation. If it happens to be the bursa in your shoulder, for example, use an arm sling to help keep it completely still. If it’s the bursa in your hip—stay off your feet. This may sound drastic, but you can usually relieve pain in two or three days simply by keeping the sore spot still.
Ice Only (For First-Time Bursitis Pain):
If this is the first time you’ve had bursitis, apply ice packs intermittently for the first 24 to 48 hours—usually 15 minutes on the bursa followed by 15 minutes off, for about an hour twice a day.
Ice and Moist Heat (For Recurring or Persistent Pain):
If your bursitis flare-up is just one more episode in a chronic problem, or if your pain is new but still bothering you after 48 hours of applying ice, you should alternate ice packs and moist heat. Use 15 minutes of ice followed by 15 minutes of moist heat for about an hour twice a day. Moist heat penetrates deeper than dry heat and very often provides more relief from chronic bursitis pain.
Acid-Forming Foods to Remove Calcium Deposits:
If you’ve had bursitis pain for months or years, you most likely have calcium deposits. This calcium can be slowly, but naturally, removed by altering your body’s pH level to become more acidic. One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water daily, or an acid-calcium product, are two things you can use to do this. You can also temporarily increase your consumption of acid-forming foods. Many people think that taking calcium supplements can cause the formation of calcium deposits. This is not the case here. In fact, an insufficient amount of calcium can cause deposits. When your blood levels of calcium drop, your body pulls calcium from its bones, and this calcium will many times then be deposited in the overworked joints or bursa in an attempt to protect and strengthen these areas.
Another way to treat bursitis naturally is with dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO)—a clear, colorless, slightly oily liquid with a faint smell of sulfur. When applied topically, DMSO passes through the skin’s oily membranes and reduces swelling, inflammation, and pain.
Castor Oil Pack:
While most of us are familiar with its use as a remedy for constipation, folk healers in this country and around the world have used castor oil to treat a number of health problems, including bursitis. One of the most economical and efficient methods of delivering the healing components of castor oil directly into body tissues is a castor oil pack.
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further reading: 13 Home Remedies
Foods like greens, vegetables, fruits can certainly ease the pain. Many patients report whole grains and fish as helpful also. Natural, fresh, non-GMO foods are the best for your health.
Human body consist of about 70% water. So it’s not all about food. Keep yourself properly hydrated at all times. Purified water, vegetable and green juices, herbal tea…
When it comes to bursitis diet, avoid GMOs, processed foods high in refined fats, sugar, salt and other harmful toxins that may cause inflammation in your body.
Bursitis can be a painful condition which should be addressed. It can get too much to handle, so medical or natural therapies should be used. To let it go may be asking for trouble.
If it gets infected, woops! We should Always eat healthful food, no matter what. It can’t hurt.