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Inflammation of the Bursae

Painful and often debilitating, bursitis occurs when tiny sacs of joint fluid called bursae become inflamed due to excessive exertion and pressure. Bursitis is often the consequence of engaging in repetitive motions that aggravate bursae as well as the tendons and muscles comprising the joints. Areas of the body most commonly affected by bursitis are the shoulders, knees and elbows, but the condition can also affect hip joints as well.

Who Is At Risk For Suffering From Bursitis?
People over 40 are more at risk for being diagnosed with bursitis, especially those who perform physical activities requiring repetitive motions. Carpet layers, joggers, painters, carpenters and industrial laborers who use constantly use their hands when working are a few examples of activity that can induce bursitis symptoms. Localized infections or traumatic injuries to joints may also generate signs of bursitis.

Symptoms of Bursitis
Persistent, dull ache at the joint that worsens upon moving the joint
Swelling that develops gradually rather than suddenly
Restricted range of motion caused by increasing stiffness
Ibuprofen may temporarily relieve the pain if the bursae are not infected
Tendonitis pain is differentiated from bursitis pain by it sharpness and intensity even when the joint is not being moved. Alternately, bursitis pain is steady and dull unless bursae sacs are disturbed

Diagnosing Bursitis
Physicians can diagnose bursitis by taking x-rays of the affected joints or examining CAT or MRI scans to determine the extent of damage surrounding joints. Aspiration is another diagnostic procedure that involves removing fluid from bursae and testing the fluid for infection. Sometimes, patients suspected of suffering from bursitis will have blood tests done in order to eliminate or confirm other medical conditions that mimic bursitis symptoms.

Treating Bursitis
Treatment regimens depend on several factors, such as the age and health of the patient, severity of bursitis and if the patient is allergic to any medications. Aseptic bursitis, or bursitis that is not infected, usually responds to the standard treatment for inflamed joints due to excessive use--rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). Cortisone injections may provide pain relief as well.

For bursitis that is septic, or bacterially infected, treatment usually consists of antibiotics, repeated removal of infected fluid to minimize swelling and therapeutic massage techniques.

Because pain relief for bursitis involves substances such as ibuprofen, aspirin and cortisone that often cause distressing side effects, Ateevia offers natural and effective pain relief that works without producing stomach upset, nausea or other reactive symptoms that often make you feel worse before they make you feel better. By rapidly penetrating into inflamed joints, Ateevia pain relief cream allows you to move freely throughout the day without being restricted by the pain and swelling of bursitis.

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