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What is Bursitis, and How Does it Affect You?

What is Bursitis, and How Does it Affect You?

                Due to the strain that many athletes put on their bodies through vigorous physical exercise and rough play, they can be prone to a large number of different injuries. Before I discussed sprains, and shin splints, two frustrating different injury types that are common in sports. Today I am going to take a look at another injury type, known as bursitis.

                According to Mayoclinic, Bursitis is an extremely painful condition that messes with a series of tiny, fluid filled sacs known as bursae. Bursae sacs are used to cushion the bones, tendons, and muscles near joints. As with many sports related injuries, the culprit for Bursitis is inflammation, specifically inflammation in your bursae sacs. The most common locations for this inflammation are in your shoulder, elbow, and hip. However, Bursitis can also pop up in other places such as your knee, heel, and the base of the big toe. Considering there are over 150 bursae in the human body according to Medical News Today, there are plenty of places that bursitis can appear, though the areas listed above are some of the most common.

                Bursitis is most commonly caused due to injury, or massive overuse. However, sometimes an infection can cause the problem as well. According to John Hopkins Medicine, Bursitis can also associate with other problems, such as arthritis, tendonitis, diabetes and more. The common symptoms of bursitis include general pain, tenderness in the affected area, limited motion, and a swelling and redness if the bursae affected is near the skin.  With Bursitis’ fairly common symptoms when it comes to the sports world, sometimes just a physical exam is not enough to diagnose bursitis. As such, X-rays, and similar tests can be used, or even a blood test might be effective at diagnosing the issue.

                Once Diagnosed, there are two types of bursitis according to John Hopkins, Aseptic Bursitis, and Septic Bursitis. Aseptic being caused by injury and overuse, with Septic being caused by a bacterial infection. The average treatment for aseptic bursitis is a healthy dose of RICE, or Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate. This combined with some anti-inflammatory and pain medications is often enough to deal with the problem, as long as the patient does not overwork themselves trying to get back into their routine. Sometimes for more serious cases of injury related bursitis, doctors may inject a steroid into the inflamed bursae, or even utilize sprints and braces to limit the patient’s movement of the affected area.

                While Aseptic bursitis is fairly easy to treat, septic bursitis is a much different matter. This form of bursitis requires treatment methods to remove the bacteria, as opposed to just removing inflammation. Often times this means antibiotics to kill the bacteria. However, septic bursitis can require a doctor to use a needle to remove the infected fluid, or even a full surgical drainage and removal of the affected bursae if the infection is bad enough. The most common form however, is the simple overuse and injury version of bursitis.

                As bursitis is caused by an inflammation in your bursae sacs, an extremely good treatment for bursitis is cryo-compression. Cryo-compression is known to fight inflammation, and can sometimes reduce the need for anti-inflammatory medication, and pain killers. Combining cryo-compression with enough rest Is probably one of the best ways to deal with a bursitis issue. While still useful for fighting the inflammation in septic bursitis, the patient should still seek medical assistance to deal with the infection itself.

                Unfortunately, even while utilizing proper cryotherapy and compression techniques, bursitis can sometimes take awhile to heal. This can lead to a need to ice for twenty minutes multiple times each day. In our busy world, many people do not really have the time to take twenty minutes of each day to ice and compress as they should. This is what CoolCorp cryo-compression products were designed for! An easy to use system that can be on-the-go with you whether it be class, work, or the locker room. If you are tired of wasting time holding that ice bag, try taking a look at our on-the-go cryo-compression products today!

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