Joint pain can come from a number of sources. When it comes to bursitis, it’s the part that’s supposed to protect your joints that ends up causing pain. There are a number of causes for bursa inflammation, and it’s important to know what type of bursitis you’re dealing with before coming up with a solid treatment plan to manage the pain.
At Metro Pain and Vein Centers, our team of bursitis specialists and pain management experts can help you navigate treating your bursitis. For chronic conditions, this also means managing the pain to minimize its effect on your lifestyle.
If you’re experiencing joint pain and symptoms of bursitis, contact Metro Pain and Vein Centers for a consultation. We can give you the answers you seek for living with bursitis, using a pain management plan customized to your condition.
Your joints have fluid-filled sacs called bursae which lubricate the area where your tendons, skin, soft tissue, and muscles meet bones. When functioning correctly, your bursae is responsible for reducing friction. But when a bursa takes damage from injuries, joint overuse, bacterial infections, poor posture, prolonged walking, or even other medical conditions like gout, it can trigger inflammation.
Bursitis can cause pain and discomfort to the affected joint. There are different types of bursitis, each with its own causes and effects, including:
Knee and elbow bursitis can make it difficult to bend your limbs, while hip and heel bursitis can make it difficult to walk. Trochanteric bursitis can also cause severe hip pain when moving. While there’s no cure for bursitis, there are steps you can take to manage your condition; to relieve your pain and prevent painful episodes.
Doctors typically require physical exams and laboratory tests like an x-ray and ultrasound to confirm you have bursitis. If your bursitis was caused by a bacterial infection, you’ll most likely need to take antibiotics.
At Metro Pain and Vein Centers, we can devise a custom treatment plan that can help relieve bursitis while seeking treatment for it. This can include:
There are various types of bursitis, and how they can affect your lifestyle can ultimately vary. Some types of bursitis can improve with treatment, while other patients go on to experience chronic bursitis. There’s no one solution for bursitis, so it’s important to have a treatment plan tailored to your situation.
At Metro Pain and Vein Centers, you can have a custom treatment plan made by a team of bursitis specialists and pain management experts. We know the common triggers of pain you’re likely to face, and we want to minimize the effects bursitis has on how you live your best life.
Some types of bursitis aren’t preventable, but you can take preventive steps to reduce the risk of severe flare-ups. Aside from treating the symptoms and managing the pain of bursitis, some of the practices and lifestyle changes you can use include:
A: For some people, your condition can improve with treatment. Other patients may develop chronic bursitis that can be triggered through certain activities or practices. If you suspect you have bursitis, it’s important to have it diagnosed immediately so you can seek treatment before it worsens.
A: Some chronic medical problems can cause you to develop bursitis. For example, people with gout can develop small nodules in the joints that can trigger inflammation on the bursa. Other medical conditions that can trigger bursitis include rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and obesity.
A: Non-invasive conservative treatment options are recommended first, while surgery is usually a last resort. But if common treatments don’t improve your condition after 6 months to a year, your bursitis specialist may recommend invasive treatments like joint replacement surgery to repair your bursae and relieve pressure in the area.
Joints are responsible for a lot of your daily movement, and bursitis in one joint can affect your lifestyle. We can help you manage the pain and take preventive measures to help you adjust to your condition and minimize the effects chronic bursitis can have in your life.
At Metro Pain and Vein Centers, we take steps to help you overcome and move forward with your condition. Consult with one of our qualified bursitis specialists and contact us today for a custom pain management plan.