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Bursitis Natural Treatments

Bursitis Natural Treatments

Written by Sandy Cho, MD and reviewed by Julie A. Cerrato, PhD, AP, CYT, CAP

Bursitis is an inflammation of the body’s small fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints called bursae. Bursitis is often caused by repetitive motion and use of a joint.

There are several natural treatments for bursitis including Herbal Medicine, Supplements, Homeopathy, and Exercise.

The following provides information on bursitis natural treatments.

Overview

What is Bursitis?

Bursitis is an inflammation of the body’s small fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints called bursae. These bursae help to lubricate and cushion the joints. Bursae are most commonly affected at the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee joints in the body. Bursitis is often caused by repetitive motion and use of a joint. Some examples include:

Bursitis can also occur as a result of mild injury, infection of a joint, or arthritis.

What are the signs and symptoms?

What are conventional treatments?

The treatment of bursitis usually involves resting and elevating the affected joint and alternating between applying hot and cold packs to the affected area.
Medications: NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) may be used to reduce inflammation and pain

Injections: an injection of corticosteroid into the bursa may reduce inflammation and pain.
Surgery: in a few, rare cases, surgical intervention may be warranted.

Herbs

Herbs can help reduce inflammation found in bursitis and have been used throughout time in all parts of the world.

To ensure safety and avoid drug interactions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Supplements

Along with a diet high in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and fatty fish, while avoiding processed foods and foods in high in sugar and fat, supplements can help reduce inflammation in bursitis.

To ensure safety and avoid drug interactions, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using any of these supplements:

Homeopathy

Homeopathic medicine provides support and relief for those suffering from bursitis.

Bodywork

Fitness


 

Updated: October 2013

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