Bursitis is diagnosed when the fluid-filled sacs around the joints are inflamed, causing pain in and around the joints. These sacs are called bursae, and they act as cushions for the bones, tendons, and muscles around each joint. When the joints are overworked or moved repetitively in the same way, inflammation of the bursae is often the result. While bursitis can occur at just about any joint in the body, it most commonly presents itself in the most regularly used joints, which include the knees, shoulders, hips, and elbows.

Repetitive use of a joint may be unavoidable, but the most effectively your body is functioning and the healthier you are, the less likely you are to experience bursitis. Your body needs proper blood flow and great communication between the brain and the rest of the body in order to alleviate bursitis or avoid it in the first place. Thankfully, a Lithia Springs chiropractor can help with those things.

Identifying Bursitis

So many people suffer from joint pain of various kinds, and it can be hard to differentiate between bursitis and other similar conditions. It’s important to know that bursitis is usually a short-term problem, and it rarely leads to serious damage or requires surgery. Arthritis is another joint condition, but it is caused by long-term wear and tear of the joints. Whereas bursitis is about inflammation of the bursae, arthritis is about the wearing down of cartilage, which is a more serious and long-lasting condition. Tendinitis is another condition that is commonly confused with bursitis. Tendinitis has to do with inflammation of the tendons, which is a soft tissue that connects muscles to bones.

It’s also important to know that bursitis usually affects those over 40, although people with certain jobs may suffer from it at a younger age. If you have a career or a hobby that requires repetitive motions or tasks, or if your body weight is on a particular joint regularly (such as your knees), you are a higher risk of developing bursitis. Athletes, those who do manual labor, and musicians are at the highest risk. While you may not be able to perfectly identify bursitis, knowing that it is generally shorter in length and due to repetitive motion can help you narrow down the possibilities of the cause of your pain.

Neurologically-Based Chiropractic Care Can Help with Bursitis

Increased blood flow and effective communication within the body is essential to minimizing inflammation at the joints. A Lithia Springs chiropractor can bring about both of those things with neurologically-based adjustments that are always gentle, safe, and extremely effective. When your spine is in proper alignment, your central nervous system will fire on all cylinders, minimizing inflammation and maximizing function and health. When you seek care from Dr. Bolar at Vital Life Chiropractic, you will not only experience relief from pain and frustrating ailments, but you will also experience a whole new level of wellness and health. Contact Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar and his team at Vital Life Chiropractic to schedule an evaluation today, and get on the road to optimal health.



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