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Bursitis: Our Joint Lubricator. What it does and how it flares up!

What is Bursitis? Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa.   The bursa is an area of fluid around a joint which functions like grease on a machine.  It helps our joints glide properly and protects us from unnecessary friction causing injury. Technically, there are 160 different bursa in our body.  Most common areas where bursitis occurs is by large joints such as the shoulder, elbow, hips and knees.  These are complex areas that are commonly flared up by most athletes who train hard. Over the years there may be flare ups of the bursa because of added joint pressure, crystal accumulation or degeneration in the joint space. Infection affiliated with Rheumatoid Arthritis can also cause Bursitis. Symptoms of Bursitis is pain, swelling and tenderness in the joint space. It feels very deep in the body when there is a flare up. How can this be treated? In the case of an infection, a visit to your primary care physician may be necessary for inflammatory medication.  In the majority of cases, rest, ice and making sure the joint is moving properly to prevent unnecessary friction is recommended.  Once your body is moving correctly, the bursae can now go back to functioning normally. We take great pride in helping people through this debilitating problem.  Proper treatment and rehabilitation can prevent future flare-ups and we can help you at our Redwood City facility.


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