Although bursitis is often referred to as “housemaid’s knee,” ” a game arm,” or “a working man’s disorder,” it can strike anyone any time.
Bursitis is the inflammation or irritation of the bursa. The bursa is a sac filled with lubricating fluid, located between tissues such as bone, muscle, tendons, and skin, that decreases rubbing, friction, and irritation.
A sudden shift in position, a fall, or a gradual postural change can displace the muscles or bones of the affected area. When this happens, nerve impulses cannot reach the bursa.
The fluid dries up and becomes gritty. The cushioning effect is gone, and the affected area becomes irritated and inflamed.
Bursitis may first appear as only a minor soreness or recurring pain in the elbow, knee, hip, or most often in the shoulder. During this time, heat cold, or aspirin may bring temporary relief.
But recurring twinges of pain in the shoulder, hip, knee or elbow are not healthy signs. They are Mother Nature’s warning that serious trouble is on its way.
If left untreated, the condition will steadily worsen until sharp, excruciating agony brings its crippling effect. Normal movement is prevented and even the greatest athletes are sidelined while those performing normal daily tasks may find it difficult, if not impossible, to do so.
Because of the very nature of bursitis, the Doctor of Chiropractic is thought to be well-suited to treat it. He knows that lasting relief is impossible until the cause of the trouble is eliminated.
By putting the muscles and bones of the affected area back into alignment, he can pave the way for nerve impulses to flow again. When this happens, the bursa can again act as a cushion and lubricant, and body joints will provide the freedom of movement necessary to everyday living.