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Handling Bursitis

A bursa is a liquid-filled cavity that protects and lubricates the joints. Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa. Overuse of the bursa, repeated pressure upon the bursa, or bumping and bruising of the bursa may cause bursitis.

Bursitis can be extremely painful. Below are some tips on how to manage the pain caused by bursitis and how to heal from the condition.

Stop Using the Affected Area; Seek Solutions
Cease the activity that is causing the inflammation of the bursa. This does not mean that you can never perform that particular action again, but it does mean that you should take a step back from that activity while the bursas heal. This also does not mean stopping all motion altogether. It simply means do not put unneeded pressure on the area.

There are times when bursitis is caused by engaging improperly with an outside source. For example, if you have a recurring pain in your heel, it is possible that it’s bursitis caused by an improperly fitting shoe. This also applies for protective sports equipment such as pads or helmets. If something is not fitting right and is being routinely used in contact, it is likely to cause inflammation in the body.

Bursitis can be caused by common behaviors that we do in our day-to-day life, many of which can be changed with a little attention. The way we stand when resting or the way we sit at our desks can cause us to experience bursitis. If you are experiencing pain in a particular part of your body, evaluate what stances you take throughout the day that might be affecting that area. Try changing your posture to see if that will help the problem.

Relieve The Pain
NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen or aspirin can help to reduce the inflammation of the bursa. They should be taken according to the labels and should avoided by people with stomach or kidney issues. Neither drug is approved for long-term use, so if your pain persists, talk with your doctor.

Using ice on the affected area decreases swelling because it slows down the blood flow to the affected area. Twenty minutes of ice contact on an injured joint should help to relieve pain.

Heat too helps to relieve pain by ridding excess fluid from the area.

Keep Tabs on the Pain and Understand What it Is
Don’t be so sure it’s bursitis. If your pain persists after a few days of rest, there’s a chance that you’re dealing with something other than bursitis. See a doctor if this is the case.

In instances of extreme pain, a doctor may prescribe a corticosteroid injection into the swollen area. This provides immediate relief and can sometimes take care of the problem in just one try.

In some cases, surgery becomes necessary to fix a severely swollen area.

If pain lasts for more than two weeks, you may be in danger of either chronic pain or even an infection. If you feel feverish or unwell during the treatment of bursitis, see a doctor. And if the pain persists beyond two weeks, certainly make an appointment to see a physician.

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