What is Bursitis you ask? Inflammation of the bursa.
Well… what is a bursa?
A bursa is a small fluid filled sac that acts like a shock-absorber between soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments) and bone. The role of the bursa is to reduce friction and assist optimal joint movement. So how does a bursa become inflamed? Overuse, impact, or poor biomechanics can cause irritation and inflammation of the bursa, causing it to fill with excess fluid. The bursa then becomes a source of pain, and can interrupt normal movement. This can lead to a vicious cycle of altered biomechanics causing abnormal load, resulting in ongoing inflammation. We have over 150 bursa in the body, and when everything is working well, we aren’t aware of them. It is when they become inflamed that they begin to disrupt normal functioning of the body.
What causes bursitis?
Bursitis can result from direct impact to the bursa, particularly those located superficially (eg. elbow, knee), repeated pressure (eg. kneeling), and poor biomechanics (when movement causes abnormal load on the joint and/or bursa).
I think I have bursitis … what can I do?
The best option is to be assessed by a physiotherapist who can assess movement, posture, soft tissue length and strength and biomechanics to provide you with a detailed treatment plan.
In the meantime, there are some steps you can take to ease the pain and restore function.
I don’t want bursitis … how do I prevent it?
If you think you may have bursitis, come and see one of our physiotherapists for a full assessment and treatment.
Everyone deserves to live and move without pain.