What is Bursitis?
A bursa is a small bag that is located between different structures, usually between muscle/tendon tissue and bone, protecting the softer and more vulnerable structures from those that are more solid and hard. The inflammation of this bursa is called bursitis and is often caused by the overuse of the nearest joint due to sporting or work demands as well as by direct trauma to the joint.
Diagnosis of a bursitis
The diagnostic method par excellence is by means of orthopedic tests and tests of image as they are the ultrasound or the magnetic resonance.
Symptoms of bursitis
The associated symptoms are: pain, swelling of the painful area, functional impotence depending on the degree of inflammation, sensitivity to the palpation of the area, etc.
Causes of a bursitis
- Repeated movements in flexion, shoulder abduction.
- Beginning of intense activity after a period of inactivity.
- Trauma or direct blow on the shoulder.
Treatment of a bursitis
The treatment will be aimed at resolving the inflammation and restore balance to the muscles and joints affected perilesional. For this we have techniques such as:
- Massage therapy
- Dry needling
- Intratisular Percutaneous Electrolysis (IPE) ultrasound-guided.
- Shock waves
- Functional recovery
Recovery of a bursitis
It will depend on the degree of injury, the causes that provoked it and the time that the patient has had it, as well as the regenerative capacity that the patient has in front of the lesional processes. All this can cause the recovery to take place in 2-3 weeks or 1-2 months. Although statistically speaking the most frequent is 4 weeks.
BURSITIS. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does the regenerative capacity of the body depend on?
The healing of an injury or physical pathology is the responsibility of our body, in it there are automatic mechanisms that are activated when we lose the normal physical or organic balance. These mechanisms are complex and depend largely on metabolism (biochemical, hormonal and neuronal processes). If these mechanisms work at 100%, we will be protected from a large number of impacts that our body may suffer at different levels (physical, emotional, biochemical and energetic) but if these mechanisms are diminished in their function, the ability of recovery and regeneration of our cells will be compromised, and may block the healing processes to an illness or injury temporarily or permanently. This will be very important to take into account when treating any injury or pathology, otherwise the patient will be able to perform multiple physical treatments on an injury without obtaining results.
How is the treatment planning?
The planning of this type of therapy is always personalized, giving priority in the early stages of treatment to reduce pain, inflammation and improve the mechanical factors that have caused the injury.
Once a 40-60% improvement in symptomatology is achieved, joint re-education, toning and muscle strengthening protocols are applied, which will not only allow the injury to recover but also minimize the risk of recurrence.
Should I suspend professional or sporting activity?
It will depend on each case, if the professional or sporting gesture has not intervened in the appearance of the injury, there will be no reason to suspend it, but if this is not the case, the efforts will have to be graduated.
How much time should pass between sessions?
It will depend on each case, the most common is to perform one to two sessions per week.
How many sessions do I need to start noticing improvement?
It depends on each case, but normally with the use of state-of-the-art therapies such as those applied in Corporis the improvement is felt from the first session. Between 3 and 7 sessions may be necessary for complete recovery.
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