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Bursitis in New Jersey

Fluid-filled sacs, known as bursas, protect the joints in your body. When these sacs are inflamed, you may have bursitis. With offices in Totowa and Lafayette Township, Performance Rehabilitation offers treatments for bursitis to the residents of New Jersey.

What is Bursitis?

Areas of the body where soft tissue and hard tissue come into contact with one another are often protected by sacs known as bursas. They are located throughout the body in regions of high levels of stress and movement such as the shoulder, elbow hip, and knee joints. Bursitis takes place when these lubricating sacs become inflamed or irritated.

What Causes Bursitis?

There are a number of situations in which a patient may develop bursitis, but the most common one is repetitive strain to a joint. This condition can also develop when there is trauma to the bursa and surrounding tissue. Bursitis is not part of the natural aging process, but elderly patients are at a much higher risk of bursa inflammation.

Frequent physical activity is an important part of staying in shape, but any movements that put a strain on a specific joint will increase the risk of developing bursitis. This includes skiing, pitching, tennis, golf, carpentry, digging, painting and even chores around the house. Failing to stretch before any of these activities will make them much more damaging to the joints.

In addition to these lifestyle factors, bursitis can also develop due to one’s genes or other medical conditions. Any bones that develop in an incorrect position could damage nearby joints and the bursa sacs. Some of the medical conditions that will increase one’s risk include gout, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, localized infections and thyroid disorders. There are also medications that have been shown to cause reactions that may damage the bursa sacs.

Who Usually Gets Bursitis?

Bursitis is most often seen in adults that are over the age of 40. Age is one of the biggest factors in determining which patients develop this condition.

What Parts of the Body Does Bursitis Affect?

Bursitis commonly affects the:

  • Elbow
  • Shoulder
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Achilles tendon

What are the Symptoms of Bursitis?

It can be difficult for many patients to notice that they have bursitis, simply because the symptoms develop gradually. The single biggest symptom is pain in the joint. Some patients will notice a dull throb when using that joint, while others experience severe pain immediately, especially if calcium deposits are present. In rare scenarios, bursitis can make the joint completely immobile due to pain. The motion is not restricted, but the pain prevents the patient from moving. This can lead to the development of movement disorders such as Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis in the shoulder.

How Can I Prevent Bursitis?

Maintaining an active lifestyle that includes regular exercise, proper nutrition, proper posture, and rest can help prevent bursitis.

How is Bursitis Treated?

Bursitis can be treated in a number of ways, including:

  • Refraining from physical activities that aggravate the injury
  • Always resting thoroughly after an injury
  • When an injury does take place, ice the area immediately
  • Using anti-inflammatory medication
  • Improving posture
  • Restoring normal joint motion and strength

The physical therapists of Performance Rehabilitation, located in Totowa and Lafayette Township in New Jersey, specialize in treatments for bursitis. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation and bursitis evaluation.