Bursitis is a health condition that happens as a result of repetitive motion. The bursa sac is around your joints and filled with fluid that helps to protect and cushion your joints. Overuse of these joints or repetitive motion can make the bursa become inflamed. This may lead to pain, tenderness, and swelling in the joint(s). Chiropractic care is one of the best treatments for bursitis.

Types Of Bursitis

There are various types of bursitis that can affect different parts of your body. The knee, elbow, and hip are the body parts that are most commonly affected.

Knee bursitis is also called goosefoot bursitis. This type of pain is located between the three tendons that make up the hamstring and the shin. Bursitis of the kneecap is also called prepatellar bursitis. This type of bursitis is common in those that work on their knees, like plumbers and carpet layers. The pain of elbow bursitis is felt in the olecranon bursa, directly at the elbow bones and the skin. Hip bursitis or trochanteric bursitis can develop after surgical procedures, from hip arthritis or from hip overuse.

Bursitis is common among older people; All types of bursitis can be painful and can also impact a person’s quality of life.

What Are The Symptoms Of Bursitis?

The primary symptoms of bursitis are tenderness and pain in the joints. In the beginning, the pain may feel dull. However, it may worsen if you continue to use the affected joints without getting treatment. Nagging pain in the night and intermediate redness of the skin are also symptoms associated with bursitis.

What Causes Bursitis?

Bursitis causes

Bursitis can happen when you undergo a trauma or an injury to a joint. Bursitis that happens as a result of repetitive motion is known as “working person’s disease.” You are at a higher risk of bursitis if your occupation requires that you perform repetitive motion(s). Additionally, this condition tends to affect grownups that are over 40.

Bursitis is a condition with varying levels of pain and can impact several other joints. You may be desperate for relief if you are suffering from bursitis. You may be tempted to turn to medication in desperation. Medications only mask the problem and are not a long-term solution. Luckily, chiropractic care can give you lasting relief from bursitis.

Activities that usually cause bursitis may include:

  • Sports like tennis, baseball, and golf
  • Playing an instrument
  • Manual labor
  • Gardening

There are a few things you can do to protect yourself from this condition. Maintaining good posture, resting your joints, using cushions during repetitive motion, taking breaks, and adequately stretching before sports or exercise can help prevent bursitis. Not staying in a seated position for long periods and eating well is also helpful.

Chiropractic Care For Bursitis

Chiropractic Care For Bursitis

Bursitis causes pain and swelling. Chiropractic care is a great way to help you manage the pain and swelling bursitis causes. Bursitis patients who routinely visit a chiropractor for care are given a non-addictive, non-invasive, and safe alternative to prescription medications. Chiropractic care is better than medicine, which only helps manage the swelling and pain without treating the cause.

Furthermore, chiropractic care for bursitis involves the delivery of a gentle, non-addictive, non-invasive therapy called chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic adjustments help reduce spinal misalignment and restrictions in the joints. This therapy helps improve the function of both the nervous system and the affected joints, as well as helps to reduce inflammation. By improving spinal health, nervous system functions, and increasing joint mobility, your body will then have the ability to manage the symptoms that bursitis causes.

Some other benefits of chiropractic adjustments may include decreased inflammation, improved flexibility, relief from joint pain and discomfort, and enhanced joint coordination and motion.

Benefits of chiro care for bursitis include…

1. Reduced inflammation

Chiropractic treatment primarily helps to address the misalignment of spinal vertebrae. There is pressure on the nerves when your spine is not in the proper position. This affects your nervous system, causing it to not function properly. A misaligned spine causes the body to produce neuropeptides. These are small proteins involved in the induction of inflammation and the body’s response to pain.

The body’s production of neuropeptides is reduced when the misaligned spine is moved to its proper position through chiropractic treatment. As a result, inflammation and pain are significantly lessened. The ability of your body to moderate neuropeptides’ production can be enhanced with ongoing chiropractic care. This allows you to go about your activities without experiencing bursitis.

2. Improved flexibility

Having a healthy full range of motion is essential to preventing bursitis and maintaining joint health. Chiropractic care extends beyond your spine and reaches your joints and limbs. This helps improve your mobility and allows you to freely move with less pain.

Additionally, the bursae help protect and cushion your joint from friction caused by moving muscles, tendons, and bones. Overexertion to these parts of the body may result in inflammation. You will not have an issue with inflammation and restricted mobility if you routinely get chiropractic care.

3. Improved lifestyle

In addition to reducing inflammation and improving flexibility through chiropractic treatment, a chiropractor can offer advice to help prevent conditions like bursitis. A chiropractor understands immunology, chemistry, biology, and anatomy.

There are a lot of lifestyle habits that you engage in which may cause inflammation and other conditions related to bursitis. Lack of movement, poor posture, diets high in salt and sugar, and low fitness levels when participating in high-impact sports can cause inflammation. Chiropractors can recommend changes that will ensure that you do not become a sufferer of chronic bursitis.


Chiropractic care can help you if you are suffering from symptoms of bursitis. In addition to relief from pain and swelling, chiropractic treatment offers many more benefits that will help keep you both physically and mentally healthy. Thrive Health Center can help you feel better! Call 904-683-9397 for more info.