Revolution Chiropractors are highly regarded Auckland Chiropractors. We are here to help with chronic bursitis, tendonitis, back or neck pain, headaches and migraines, and more. We offer a free consultation so that you have an opportunity to see if we can help and it also allows us to figure out if and how we can help. At Revolution Chiropractic we really care about getting you better and that is our number 1 priority.
What is shoulder bursitis? Can Chiropractic Help?
A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that sits between bone and the tendons, muscles, and ligaments in a joint. The bursa acts as a cushion to allow the joints to move in a gliding motion and to reduce any friction between these surfaces. Humans have more than 150 bursae throughout their bodies, and if one of these becomes irritated or inflamed it is called bursitis.
The shoulder itself has 6 bursae, more than any other joint in the body. If any of these bursae become inflamed it is called shoulder bursitis. There are many things that can cause a shoulder bursa to become inflamed such as strenuous or repeated physical activity, trauma to the shoulder, calcium disposition. Other things that can cause bursitis include infection, underlying conditions such as gout, rheumatoid arthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis.
Symptoms and Commonality
Shoulder bursitis tends to happen more commonly in people over 30 years old, and happens more often in females. Symptoms of shoulder bursitis include tenderness and pain, heat, redness, swelling, stiffness, and restricted movement. This can affect a person’s sleep, and ability to perform their normal daily tasks, especially if it involves any overhead movement of the arms.
Medical Treatment of Shoulder Bursitis
Standard medical treatments for shoulder bursitis can include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Advil or ibuprofen, or steroid injections. While these can be effective in reducing pain and inflammation, they don’t address what caused the bursitis in the first place, and can cause side effects.
Chiropractic Treatment of Shoulder Bursitis
The first way chiropractors can help with shoulder bursitis is by preventing it from ever happening in the first place. Chiropractors are able to adjust the shoulder and the areas of the spine around the shoulder, in order to keep this area strong and stable. This leaves this area much less vulnerable to injury. When everything in this area is aligned and moving properly, this decreases stress on all parts of the shoulder joint, including the bursa. This means that the bursa is significantly less likely to become irritated and inflamed.
Chiropractors are able to do a number of different physical exam tests to rule in and rule out different conditions that could be causing the pain. They are also able to refer out for tests such as x-rays or lab tests in order to see if there is an underlying condition. This thorough examination helps pinpoint exactly what is causing the pain and discomfort. This allows the chiropractor to provide the most specific care tailored to this condition and to provide the best care possible.
Once your chiropractor has concluded that you have shoulder bursitis, they will begin treatment in order to help heal this condition. They will most likely start with adjusting the areas of the spine surrounding the shoulder, the shoulder itself, and the rest of the spine. This creates more stability which will allow the shoulder to start healing. A structural chiropractor will also provide lifestyle advice that will help the inflammation in the shoulder to go down.
When the inflammation in the shoulder has decreased, chiropractors can then start adjusting the shoulder to make sure it is aligned and moving properly. This decreases friction and pressure in the shoulder and allows the shoulder to heal faster.
Chiropractic is a safe, natural, and effective way of assisting the body to heal, without the side effects. Structural Chiropractors focus on treating the cause of the issue, not just the symptoms.
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