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Acupuncture for bursitis

Bursitis is an inflammation of the mucous membrane of the joint bag. Each joint has such mucous bags. They contain synovial fluid for lubrication and glide.

Treatment of bursitis eliminates not only the symptoms but also the inflammatory process itself at the level of the cause. This is significant because lacking treatment (simple relief of symptoms with antibiotics, ointments), the disease can lead to pus arthritis and other complications.

Timely and correct treatment as acupuncture for bursitis eliminates these dangers.

Bursitis symptoms

When diagnosed with bursitis, the symptoms are determined by the nature and degree of the inflammatory process. Most symptoms of bursitis are swelling and swelling in the joint area, aching or shooting pains in the joint area, limited joint mobility, redness (hyperemia), fever, pain on palpation (pressing).

With a complicated course of bursitis, an increase in temperature can be significant — up to 38-40 degrees, which indicates the occurrence of a purulent process (purulent phlegmonous bursitis). At the same time, the pain becomes strong, throbbing.

Joint bursitis treatment

  • Rest.
  • High-dose nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  • Treating crystal-induced disease or infections.
  • Corticosteroid injection if needed.
  • Acupuncture for bursitis of the shoulder.

If an infection is suspected, an empiric antibiotic should be given first.

Treatment of bursitis starts with the initial appointment, the doctor conducts diagnostics, determines the nature of the inflammation and its main cause. If an additional examination is necessary, it is prescribed.

After that, an individual course is carried out using a set of procedures. The most acute symptoms of inflammation are mostly eliminated after the first sessions. For persistent and reliable elimination of bursitis, a comprehensive course of treatment is carried out, including 10-11 sessions.

Acupuncture for bursitis

Acupuncture is a form of treatment that involves the insertion of very thin needles through a person’s skin at specific points on the body, at varying depths. Research shows it can help relieve pain and is used to relieve a wide variety of other complaints and symptoms.

Acupuncture for bursitis relieves inflammation, pain, improves blood circulation in the joint area, activates the processes of healing and tissue repair, has an anti-edema and immunomodulatory effect.

As with the treatment of other inflammatory diseases, the treatment of bursitis in integral medicine includes methods that improve immunity. This acupuncture for bursitis methods includes physiotherapy, reflexology, prescribed as part of an individual treatment course.

Treatment in time

If you do not ask the help of a specialist in time, the disease can give a serious complication. This is fraught not only with the loss of joint mobility and disability without, for instance, acupuncture for bursitis of the shoulder but also with infection of other organs.

And this can cause diseases such as purulent arthritis, abscess, osteomyelitis, necrosis of the bursa wall, and even sepsis. Do not lead to this.

FAQ about Acupuncture for bursitis

Is Acupuncture good for hip bursitis?

From the point of view of the physiological norm, the work of the joint cannot be imagined without a properly functioning joint capsule (bursa). In fact, wherever one can observe the friction of the bone systems against each other, this process becomes more gentle due to softening with a special liquid (it is rich in protein substances, collagen) filling the bag. Bursitis is an inflammatory disease of the joint capsule.

When bursitis is diagnosed, treatment in integral medicine has a complex character and is carried out individually, including anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory therapy using medical procedures (acupuncture, acupressure, physiotherapy). 

Acupuncture for bursitis helps to reduce pain and inflammation, and thermal physiotherapy helps to absorb accumulated fluid. As with the treatment of other inflammatory diseases, the treatment of bursitis in integral medicine includes methods that improve immunity. These methods include physiotherapy, reflexology, prescribed as part of an individual treatment course.

What is the best anti-inflammatory for bursitis?

In order to reduce pain in inflammatory and degenerative-dystrophic diseases of the musculoskeletal system, one should not rely only on medication, taking various pain relievers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Acupuncture is not a panacea in the treatment of diseases of the musculoskeletal system, but it helps nonetheless. Acupuncture is effective in relieving pain syndrome that occurs with arthritis, arthrosis, back pain caused by osteochondrosis, intervertebral hernias, radiculitis, myositis, neuralgia.

Acupuncture has a powerful analgesic effect and promotes the rapid recovery of damaged tissues. The main feature of acupuncture is the stimulation of the patient’s internal resources and the minimum use of medications in the treatment process.

Does acupuncture help shoulder bursitis? 

Injuries, heavy loads and many other reasons can lead to painful movement of the arm. The shoulder swells and even such familiar and simple actions as washing, brushing your teeth, getting dressed are difficult. These symptoms can speak of bursitis of the shoulder joint — inflammation of the articular bag (bursa). When dealing with complaints of pain in the shoulder, a specialist prescribes a comprehensive treatment. Therapy includes:

  • Local and general anesthesia. Can be achieved with drugs or physiotherapy methods, acupuncture, etc.
  • Eliminating the root cause of pain. This is helped by manual therapy, osteopathy, PRP-therapy and Kinesitherapy.
  • Symptomatic therapy. Use means to relieve swelling of soft tissues, hyperemia of the skin, lowering the temperature.
  • Rehabilitation treatment. This includes kinesitherapy.

In the rehabilitation period, in order to restore joint mobility, physiotherapy exercises and physiotherapeutic treatment are widely used.

What triggers bursitis?

Excessive stress on the joint or injury, as well as prolonged stress, can cause inflammation of the periarticular sac. The bag fills with excess fluid, which puts pressure on the surrounding tissue. The immediate first signal of bursitis is pain, often accompanied by redness, swelling and soreness. This is a distinguishing feature of bursitis in contrast to tendinitis, which is inflammation of the tendon where the muscle tendon attaches to the bone. 

Age is of a certain importance in the onset of bursitis, and the shoulder joint, which has the greatest range of motion among all joints, is most often affected by bursitis at an older age. Typically, shoulder bursitis pain occurs after sleep and gradually regresses over the course of the day (pain is usually localized to the top of the shoulder). Other areas where bursitis is most common are the elbows, thighs, knees and thumb.