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What is Bursitis and what helps treat it?

Posted Oct 04 2009 11:11pm
Bursitis; Defined:

Bursa are rounded, closed, fluid-filled sacs lined by synovium. Their primary functions serve to as a buffer of sorts, separating areas or exposed bone from overlapping muscles, skin and/or tendons. The major bursae are located adjacent to the tendons of larger joints, such as the shoulders, hips, and knees. Maintaining bursae health is important as they are critical for processes relating to movement. When the lubricative and cushioning support is lost, the increase in pressure and inflammation results in moderate to severe pain.

How Bursitis Occurs:

Bursitis typically results from chronic friction, or the overuse of a specific joint. When repetition is not to blame, it is likely caused by direct trauma, such as kneeling or a repetitive bumping of the area. Certain underlying causes like arthritis, infection, or gout, all influence the onset of bursitis as well. Many times, physicians do not have a definitive answer and the cause remains unknown. Bursitis is common in gout.

Signs and Symptoms:

Patients of bursitis often complain of symptoms that resemble arthritis or muscle strain. Because symptoms often resembles the aforementioned two, it makes the process of self-diagnosis extremely difficult. Medical intervention is the most accurate way of assessing the severity of bursitis. The signs and symptoms of bursitis vary from person to person. Some cases may be easily recognizable by localized swelling, tenderness, and pain. Others may complain of symptoms ranging from motion issues (i.e. decreased movement), pressure, and stiffness to the local area of the join, to a burning sensation which encompasses the entire joint around the inflamed bursa. However, bursitis is almost always identified by pain during and after activity. Chronic and recurrent bursitis can, many times, be identified through X-ray to detect any calcification that may have formed. Your physician may also choose to aspirate and examine bursal fluid to assist in the diagnosing the cause.

Types of Bursitis:

The various types of bursitis are defined by the location of the inflamed bursa. This list is quite extensive and includes areas pertaining to the elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, and heel. However, to simply things, the following points list the varying types of the condition and should be thought of as subcategories of, or to, General Bursitis:

* Anserine Bursitis
* Calcanel Bursitis
* Iliopsoas Bursitis
* Infrapatellar bursitis
* Ischial Bursitis
* Olecranon Bursitis
* Prepatellar Bursitis
* Subacromial (subdeltoid) Bursitis
* Trochanteric Bursitis

Are you at risk?

Again, the primary causes of bursitis are the overuse (i.e. repetitive movement) of a joint and trauma to muscles or bursa itself. However, if you lead a sedentary lifestyle, you are also at an increased risk. The lack of elasticity in muscle has been shown to promote the onset of this condition. Other factors associated with an increased risk for bursitis development include age, posture, sitting for extended durations, and in the foot, bunions.

What product can help in the treatment of Bursitis?

Acusil is a natural means for reducing the inflammatory symptoms caused by bursitis. The ingredients found in Acusil have been clinically proven to lessen the causal factors of inflammatory response, thereby decreasing the frequency at which nonsteroidal anti-Inflammatory medications are administered, or eliminating the need for such drugs all together. Upon diagnosis, Acusil may be used to combat the discomfort associated with bursitis, ensuring an effective progression of our individualized treatment program. Acusil is your secondary defense.

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