Bursitis

by (Osteopath)

Bursitis? What is that?! 

Have you recently consulted with your Osteo or Physio who has referred you for an ultrasound? Did they mentioned the possibility that you have Bursitis? Well let me explain a bit about what that is!

Healthy vs BursitisWhat is a Bursa?

A Bursa is a fluid filled sac that acts as a cushion between muscles, tendons, joints and bones. The role of these Bursae is to reduce friction caused by movement around those joints. 

What is Bursitis?

Bursitis is inflammation of the Bursae. It is often a painful condition that affects the joints. It is commonly associated with over use or repetitive joint movements. It can however also be caused by poor postures, walking habits, long standing strength or structural imbalances. It is more common in those who are overweight, have some types of arthritis, elderly or diabetic, however it can also occur in healthy individuals. 

Common sites of Bursitis are: 

  • Shoulder 
  • Hip 
  • Knee 
  • Elbow 
  • Ankle 

Symptoms of Bursitis:

  • Pain or tenderness around the joint, especially if pressure is applied. 
  • Redness, warmth or swelling are usually uncommon but may be a sign of infection. 

Diagnosis of Bursitis:

A diagnosis of Bursitis is usually done through a thorough examination. … read more »

Shoulder pain – Can I avoid surgery?

by (Physiotherapist & Clinical Pilates Instructor)

Shoulder AnatomyThere is constant dialogue in regards to effects of surgery verses conservative therapy for the management of many musculoskeletal conditions. One such area is the shoulder. Shoulder pain is common in the general population and is one of, if not the most common cause of upper limb and neck complaints. Shoulder pain can be due to an acute injury such as a torn rotator cuff muscle or fracture, or a chronic condition such as an overuse injury. Additionally, shoulder pain can arise due to dysfunction within the joint itself, or in combination with the actions of the muscles that work around it. It is also important to note that shoulder pain can be attributed to dysfunction or disease in other areas of the body and that it is a combination of these factors that makes treating shoulder pain challenging.

As shoulder impingement is the most common cause of shoulder pain there is plenty of interest in its management, and with this interest, comes research.  Shoulder impingement encompasses an array of shoulder pathology that ultimately lead to pain and dysfunction including bursitis, rotator cuff tears, and tendinopathy. Many studies have been performed to examine the best practice for managing shoulder impingement, read more »