Bursitis is a very painful condition which is known to afflict the bursae, i.e. the small, fluid-filled sacs which pad the bones, tendons and muscles near the joints. Bursitis is characterized by swelling, inflammation and excruciating pain.
The commonest location for bursitis is in the shoulder; and it’s frequently seen in the elbow and hip as well.
Treatment of shoulder bursitis comprises of resting the joint and preventing further trauma. By and large, the pain disappears in a few weeks with adequate treatment; however, recurring flare-ups are known to occur.
The most common cause of shoulder bursitis is throwing a baseball or lifting something over your head constantly. Trauma to the shoulder, rheumatoid arthritis of the shoulder joint and infection are significant causes as well.
Signs and symptoms of shoulder bursitis include:
- The shoulder feels stiff and achy.
- The joint gets swollen and red.
- Pain on moving the shoulder and when pressure is applied.
Natural Treatment For Shoulder Bursitis
The treatment by and large consists of conservative measures, such as rest, ice and having an analgesic.
- Ice application decreases swelling and inflammation.
- Confer with your health care provider and opt for an analgesic which will allay the pain.
- Ginger is an excellent home remedy for bursitis. The herb ginger is packed with gingerols which are potent anti-inflammatory compounds. They battle swelling, inflammation and pain appreciably.
- Garlic is another wonderful home remedy for swelling and inflammation, especially when accompanied by infection. Have 2 to 3 flakes daily for a month. These afford considerable relief.
In case the conservative measures fail to work, the treatment may include:
- Medication: If there is an infection, your doctor will prescribe a course of antibiotics.
- Physiotherapy: Physical therapy and exercises will help you strengthen the muscles in the shoulder and will allay pain too. What’s more, physiotherapy prevents recurrence.
- Injections: In extreme cases, you may need to take a corticosteroid injection to assuage the pain and discomfort. This will proffer quick relief.
- Surgical intervention: Occasionally, an inflamed bursa needs to be surgically drained, but very seldom is surgical excision of the affected bursa advised.
Exercises To Heal Shoulder Bursitis
- For this shoulder stretch you will need a standard bath towel. Roll up the towel and hold it at both ends such that the good hand is behind your neck and the hand that is painful is behind the lower back. Pull the arm that is at the lower back, up the back, by pulling up with the good arm. Hold for 10 seconds and return to the starting position. Repeat the stretch 5 times and also try to switch arms.
- For this exercise you will require a broom handle. Stand straight, such that the core is tight, the chest is out, and the shoulder blades are back and down. Hold the broom handle – shoulder width apart with the palms down. Keep the arms absolutely straight, and raise the handle over the head, hold for 10 seconds and return to your original position; repeat 10 times.