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Does One Of Your Joints Or The Area Around It Feel Stiff Or Swollen? Does It Hurt More After Activities Involving Repetitive Movement?

What are Bursitis and Tendonitis?

Your joints contain small fluid-filled sacs called bursae. They act as cushions to prevent bones, muscles, and tendons from rubbing into one another. Sometimes, a slight misalignment causes uneven wear and tear of the joint. Repeated stress on the bursae can cause inflammation, a painful condition known as bursitis. Most often, bursitis occurs in the shoulder, elbow, or hip, but some people experience it in the knees, heel, or big toe.

Your risk of developing bursitis increases as you age. Gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes are also contributing factors. Athletes and laborers are especially susceptible to bursae irritation because the repetitive motions they perform put extra stress on their joints.

Tendonitis is similar, but the inflammation occurs in the tendons that connect muscles to bone. Muscles with tightness or trigger points can cause increased stress on the tendons and can eventually lead to tendonitis.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Bursitis and Tendonitis

Take note if you are experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Red, swollen, or inflamed joints/surrounding area

  • Difficulty bending the joint; it hurts when pressed

  • Pain is exacerbated by exercise or movement

  • Pain persists over one week

Most treatment plans include resting the affected area to prevent further irritation . Bursitis and tendonitis pain and discomfort is typically resolved within a few weeks of treatment but some people experience recurrent flare-ups .

If you are experiencing these symptoms, we recommend you come in for a consultation. Make an appointment online anytime.

We are here to help

Our mission is to provide a timely and sustainable recovery. We practice a wide range of evidence-based techniques to aid in your recovery customized for each patient.

Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment to help restore your full range of motion and decreased pain.

Therapy modalities such as cold laser or electric stimulation to minimize muscle tightness, pain, and swelling.

Neuromuscular Massage Therapy to improve circulation and reduce pain.

Therapeutic stretching to increase your flexibility.

IronChiro is proud to have served the Rochester community for more than 20 years. You can schedule an appointment anytime by contacting our office.


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