A bursa is a closed fluid filled sac that functions as a gliding surface (cushion) for the bones, tendons and muscles near the joints. If you can imagine a rope sliding back and forth over a sharp surface, over time it frays and wears out. The same scenario would happen in your body without bursa to reduce that friction. The major bursae are located adjacent to the tendons near the large joints, such as shoulder, elbows, knees and hips.
Bursitis is a painful condition that affects these joints and occurs when the bursae become inflamed. The signs and symptoms (pain) associated with bursitis include an achy or stiff feeling, pain when the joint is moved or pressed on and may look swollen and red.
The most common causes of bursitis are repetitive motions or positions that irritate the bursae around a joint such as extensive kneeling for tasks such as laying carpet or scrubbing floors or prolonged sitting, particularly on hard surfaces. Any body parts that are out of alignment are particularly prone to such irritation.
Poor posture, misaligned joints, tight muscles, abnormal foot biomechanics and irritated nerves all play their role in the bursitis condition. Other misalignments in muscles and joints may also occur as a result of a compensating response to the pain and discomfort from the root cause. This compensation, if not corrected leads to uneven wear and tear in the joints that can cause muscle stiffness.
Join us at our free Body Signals Workshop on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 @ 6:00 at our office where Dr. Livingstone will focus on the lower extremities of the hips and knees. Call (403) 320-1015 today to register.