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Bursitis and Tendonitis

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Dr. Smith uses a number of physical therapy modalities and soft tissue mobilization to address Bursitis and Tendinitis at his Noe Valley office in San Francisco.  Extremity Adjustments and Kinesiotaping can also be helpful in calming inflammation of the extremities.

Bursitis/Tendonitis - Bursitis is inflammation or irritation to the bursa (small sacs between bone and other moving parts, such as skin, muscles and tendons). Tendonitis is inflammation or irritation of the tendon (thick fibrous cords that connect muscles to bone).

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

Bursitis and Tendinitis

Bursitis is inflammation or irritation to the bursa (small sacs between bones and other moving parts, such as skin, muscles and tendons). Tendonitis is inflammation or irritation of the tendon (thick fibrous cords that connect muscles to bone). Symptoms of bursitis and tendonitis are similar and include inflamed soft tissues, limited range of motion, and pain upon 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.

Common Causes of Bursitis and Tendinitis

Common causes of tendonitis and bursitis include, injury or overuse.  These are often seen in people that have bad posture as altered biomechanics 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 tendonitis 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 joint position, applying physical therapy modalities to reduce inflammation, or incorporating soft tissue based therapies such as ART, muscle scraping, or scar tissue massage to break up muscle adhesion which prolongs the condition. These methods have been proven to be an effective way to treat these disorders