An osteopath will diagnose bursitis after a full medical history and conducting a full orthopaedic and musculoskeletal examination. They will then look at the area to see if there are any muscles, ligaments, tendons or joints that are aggravating the bursa.

When you get osteopathic treatment for bursitis your osteopath will aim to help relieve the pressure on these joints and on the bursa by using hands-on manual techniques. This will often start the healing process and the inflammation can reduce. If your osteopath notes any related muscle imbalance or weakness, they will give you exercises to address this issue. Your osteopath may refer you for an x-ray or ultra-sound or to a GP or pharmacist for anti-inflammatory medication.

Osteopathy for bursitis

Do I have bursitis?

The symptoms associated with bursitis can include:
  • pain
  • inflammation
  • swelling
  • restricted range of motion of a joint
  • warm or red skin overlying the affected area.

While pain from bursitis may be greater when you put pressure on the area, one of the tell-tale signs you have bursitis is that it hurts all the time. When you are active and when you are resting.

The most common bursitis areas:

  • Shoulder joint: Subacromial bursitis is often caused by the impingement of surrounding muscles resulting in a painful shoulder with reduced range of motion.
  • Hip joint: There are two common areas of bursitis near the hip. Greater trochanteric bursitis is on the side of the hip and often causes your hip to hurt when you are lying in bed. Ischial bursitis in the buttock area and hurts when you sit down.
  • Knees: Baker's cyst is inflammation of the area behind the knee.
  • Bursitis is also common in the elbows, wrists, ankles and feet.

Osteopathy for bursitis
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What is bursitis:

Bursitis is an inflammatory condition of the bursa. The bursa is a fluid filled sack that sits between bones, tendons or ligaments when they come into contact with each other. A bursa prevents these structures from rubbing on each other. If your biomechanics are altered in the area of a bursa this will cause rubbing of the bursa and over time it will become inflamed.

Bursitis is often related to overuse of a particular joint, or where there is excess tension on a specific area over a long period of time. Bursitis can also be caused by a fall or car accident. This can instantly cause inflammation and is known as traumatic bursistis.