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What is Bursitis?

Bursa is a small fluid-like sac that can be found throughout the body, located in areas where repetitive movements or pressure are constant. It acts like a cushion around bones and other tissues, and is lined with synovial cells that release a lubricating fluid to help reduce friction between moving parts. However, when inflamed or irritated, it can begin to swell, leading to pain, tenderness, and limited range of mobility, leading to a condition known as bursitis.

Treatments of Bursitis | Avant Orthopaedics

What Are The Treatments Available For Bursitis?

What Are the Non-Surgical Treatments Available?

Physiotherapy aims to manage symptoms, relieve pain, and improve the range of mobility for the affected joint. Your physiotherapist can design a personalised exercise plan based on your condition, and may also include other techniques such as massages to reach these goals.

Supportive gear such as splints or braces are commonly used to reduce pressure on the affected joint and alleviate pain. Depending on the location and severity of your bursitis, you may receive recommendations to use different types of supportive gear. When using them, it is important to ensure that they are of the right fit, and are worn following your doctor’s instructions.

Corticosteroid injections are a common treatment for bursitis when other conservative measures have not provided relief. These injections deliver an anti-inflammatory medication directly into the affected bursa, reducing swelling and pain.

While aspiration is also part of the diagnostic method for identifying whether your bursitis is infective or non-infective, it can also be a means to relieve pressure and alleviate symptoms such as pain and swelling. This can improve mobility and comfort in the affected joint.

What are the Surgical Treatments Available?

Bursectomy is a surgical procedure which involves removing the inflamed bursa. This can be done via an open incision and excision or endoscopically. In endoscopic approach, a small incision will be made over the joint and a small camera will be inserted to assist in visualising the joint and guiding the removal of the bursa. This procedure is typically performed under local or general anaesthesia, depending on the location and extent of bursitis.

Bone spurs and other structural abnormalities can irritate the bursa and cause bone spurs. To alleviate symptoms and prevent the condition from recurring, your doctor may suggest surgical procedures to address these bone spurs.

Are You or Your Loved Ones Suffering from Bursitis?

Running and walking are movements we perform in our everyday lives, and bursitis can turn them into a challenge. Contact us at Avant Orthopaedics for a personalised consultation and learn about the available treatments.

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