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What Is Bursitis and How to Treat It Non-surgically?

What Is Bursitis and How to Treat It Non-surgically?

This is an update to the earlier blog, “How TENS Therapy Helps Alleviate Bursitis Pain”

Physical therapy in Brooklyn offered by the multispecialty healthcare centers here often deals with treating patients having a condition called bursitis. In fact, the New Daily Herald reports that the bursitis treatment market could experience “comprehensive growth” during the period 2017 to 2025. The rising population of elderly individuals with bones susceptible to injury is considered one of the major factors for this growth. The increasing number of sports injuries is another one.

Understanding Bursitis

Bursitis refers to the inflammation of the bursae, or small sacs filled with fluid that you have in the joints of your body. The sacs perform the task of cushioning the bones, muscles and tendons in the joints. Though the bursae are present in every joint, bursitis is commonly known to affect the hip, knee, shoulder and elbow. Bursitis also occurs at the base of the big toe and the heel. Primarily, it occurs at the joints where you perform repetitive motion.

The mild symptoms are pain and stiffness in the affected joint. The joint could appear red or swollen, and it could really hurt when you move the joint. When it gets really severe, the joint pain could get debilitating. The pain could also become a sharp and shooting pain particularly while exerting yourself. The swelling could increase and there could be bruising or rashes in the affected joint. Sometimes you could also get a fever.

How to Treat Bursitis?

Generally bursitis gets alleviated by itself. But sometimes you need some kind of treatment. There are many non-surgical treatment methods available.

  • Ice, Rest, Pain Relievers, Corticosteroid Injections

While ice, rest and pain relievers can help alleviate the discomfort, other treatments such as corticosteroid drug injections are more effective solutions for relieving pain. Usually, one injection may be all you need to take.

  • Physical Therapy for Muscle Strengthening and Pain Relief

Physical therapy can help strengthen muscles in the area that can not only help relieve the pain but also prevent it from recurring. Sometimes the inflammation can be the result of infection, in which case you may be prescribed an antibiotic.

  • Pressure Relief Techniques

Relieving pressure can alleviate pain and discomfort. For that, your doctor could suggest techniques such as using a walking cane temporarily. But if these steps don’t work, surgery could be the only option. But before you head that way, you can try TENS just to relieve the pain till those nonsurgical measures take effect.

  • Nerve Stimulation TENS to Alleviate Pain

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is a procedure offered by advanced multispecialty healthcare centers in Brooklyn, NYC. The treatment is effectively a pain relief procedure by which electric current in low-voltage is delivered to the nerves in the affected area, which stimulates them and reduces the pain signals from getting to the brain. The electric impulses also stimulate endorphin production in the body. Endorphins are the natural painkillers of the body.

TENS can be adjusted in the wavelength frequencies, based on the pain relief needs of the patient and the condition of the bursitis. The low-voltage current is delivered from a portable device that runs on battery. The device has leads that are connected to the sticky electrode pads. The procedure doesn’t cause much discomfort. You’ll only feel a tingling sensation. The stimulation doesn’t just ease the pain, but also stimulates muscles and improves the joint’s movement range. The non-invasive procedure is safe without any side effects. It is also extremely user-friendly.

A reliable healthcare center offering rehabilitation services in Brooklyn can deal with your nagging and debilitating bursitis pain through the above-mentioned methods customized to your requirements.

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