Bursitis & Tendinitis | SF

· Our team uses a number of physical therapy modalities, active release technique, and soft tissue mobilization to address Bursitis and Tendinitis in San Francisco.  Extremity Adjustments and Kinesio Taping can also be helpful in calming inflammation of the extremities.

Bursitis and Tendinitis usually affect the extremities and are often the result of overuse injuries.

Bursitis and Tendinitis | SF

Bursitis is inflammation or irritation of the bursa (small sacs between bones and other moving parts, such as skin, muscles and tendons). Tendinitis is inflammation or irritation of the tendon (thick fibrous cords that connect muscles to bone). Symptoms of  the two conditions are similar and include inflamed soft tissues, limited range of motion, and pain with movement that replicates the symptoms of joint pain.

Bursitis and Tendinitis are often mistaken for arthritis.  For these conditions, pain and stiffness often intensify with movement.  The involved area tends to be painless at rest.  The swelling associated with tendinitis is often more subtle, while bursitis can cause deformity.

Several named syndromes are associated with tendinitis:

Common Causes of Bursitis and Tendinitis | SF

Common causes include, injury or overuse.  These are often seen in people that have bad posture as altered bio-mechanics can put excess stress on the soft tissue structures.  Avoiding overuse and repetitive physical stress to the affected area is suggested to help with these conditions. Medications may be used to reduce inflammation that can be associated with tendinitis or bursitis.  Natural anti-inflammatories and icing can also be helpful in reducing the pain.

A doctor of chiropractic can help alleviate the problem by correcting the underlying joint arrangement and applying physical therapy modalities to reduce inflammation.  Soft tissue based therapies such as ART, muscle scraping, and scar tissue massage also promote healing for these conditions. Home care is often more effective with the use of a massage tool to stimulate lymphatic drainage and break up scar tissue.  The Knuckleball™ is Dr. Smith’s invention and go-to tool for this type of home care.