Bursitis: Hips, Knee, Shoulder, Elbow……Oh My!

Another great run on a perfect spring day, another flare-up of the familiar joint pain. Most runners have come to accept that they will always be nursing one injury or another, so your sore joints may just feel like another thing to ice and stretch. While this routine may help you ignore the problem, if you have bursitis you may need medical attention. I’m Dr. Bob Meyer,  a sports injury chiropractor in Austin, TX who has worked with the University of Texas athletic program developing custom treatment programs for some of the nations top athletes who were suffering from bursitis and many other chronic and/or acute injuries. My custom treatment programs ensure that you will receive the fastest recovery time possible. I also offer the new FDA approved  (EPAT) shock-wave therapy for fast recovery of many common injuries including Bursitis.

Bursitis is most commonly caused by repetitive motions that irritate a joint. This is bad news for the dedicated athlete, who knows that repetition is the path to continuous improvement. Luckily, this doesn’t need to stop you! With the right treatment and care plan, you can keep living your active life.

Symptoms of bursitis include stiff or achy joints, joints that look swollen or red, and joints that hurt when you put pressure on them or move them. Bursitis is most common in hips, shoulders, elbows, and knees, but can also occur in your Achilles tendon/heel or the base of your big toe.

Options for treatment range from the very conservative to the very invasive. Physical therapy is a starting point in treating bursitis. Anti-inflammatories or antibiotics may be prescribed. Your doctor may also inject a corticosteroid drug into the site of pain that would greatly relieve the inflammation. Temporary use of a walking cane or other form of aid to relieve pressure on the affected area may also be recommended. Surgery may also be necessary to drain the swollen area surrounding the affected joint.

There is, however, another treatment option. EPAT (Extracorpeal Pulse Activation Treatment) is a non-invasive form of shockwave therapy that will accelerate your body’s own recovery systems. An EPAT session is fast, easy, and effective. EPAT combined with preventative measures (warming up and stretching properly, immediately applying ice to any pain, and more) will help you move past bursitis with very little time off from your favorite activities.

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