Mark Niles PT MS CSCS

Integrated Rehab PA


1930 NE 47th St, Suite 301
 Ft Lauderdale, FL 33308

Rehabilitation for Bursitis

Bursitis is the painful inflammation of a bursa, a sac between tissues that is filled with lubricating fluid. In many cases, the condition can be treated at home by resting, applying ice, and taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). In more severe cases, rehabilitation is necessary. Generally speaking, bursitis pain that persists for a week or more should be evaluated by a physician.

Bursae are located in many joints throughout the body. They act as cushions between bones, muscles, tendons and skin. Although it usually develops in the knee, shoulder, elbow, hip or Achilles tendon, bursitis can affect almost any joint. It is typically caused by repetitive stress or traumatic injury, but can also be the result of disease. Bursitis is more common as people age.

Rehabilitation for Bursitis

Rehabilitation is designed not only to alleviate pain, but to increase range of motion, because bursitis can cause serious immobility, as in the case of "frozen shoulder," medically known as "adhesive capsulitis." Physical therapy exercises for bursitis vary depending on the location of the affected area. Stretches, often using large, flat rubber bands made for the purpose, are often used during treatment. In addition to teaching particular exercises to improve strength and flexibility, and relieve pain, trained rehabilitation therapists guide patients to improve their posture and modify their movements to prevent future stress or injury. Surgery is not a common remedy for bursitis, but, in cases of serious and chronic pain, the affected bursa may be surgically removed.

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