It is a painful condition which affects the bursae, a sac filled with lubricating fluid, located between tissues, like – muscle, bone, skin, and tendons. There are over 150 bursae in the body.
Healthy bursae create an almost frictionless movement between muscles, bones, and tendons as they move either in opposition or coordination.
Although the condition can occur anywhere in the human body where bursae are located, there are a few specific types of bursitis, including:
- Kneecap bursitis;
- Knee bursitis;
- Anterior Achilles tendon bursitis;
- Elbow bursitis;
- Hip bursitis;
- Posterior Achilles tendon bursitis.
A sufferer with the condition can have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Loss of movement;
- Pain which increases with pressure or movement;
- Tenderness, even without any movement.
The condition can occur for a variety of reasons, including:
- Inflammatory disorders like – systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis;
- Repeated or strenuous physical activity;
- Underlying rheumatic conditions like gout and pseudogout;
Risk factors may include:
- Injuries to the bursa;
- Having a chronic medical problem;
- Getting an infection which can spread to the bones, bursae, and joints;
- Improper posture;
- Participating in repetitive activities or sports.
Tests performed to confirm the condition may include:
- Taking fluid from the bursa;
- Physical examination;
- Medical history.
The following treatments can help with bursitis:
- Rest – avoid activities which will put pressure on it and try not to move the joint too much;
- To reduce pain and inflammation – use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like – naproxen or ibuprofen;
- Ice packs – put ice packs wrapped in a towel on the affected area.
It is inflammation or irritation of a tendon. Tendinitis may also be called by one of the following names:
- Tennis elbow;
- Swimmer’s shoulder;
- Golfer’s elbow;
- Pitcher’s shoulder;
- Jumper’s knee.
Tendinitis usually affects the wrist, finger, elbow, thigh, and other parts of the human body.
Symptoms can include the following:
- The skin over the affected area may feel warm to the touch;
- Muscle weakness;
- Restricted mobility and stiffness at the affected joint;
Possible causes may include:
- Repetitive movements;
- Side effects of certain drugs;
- Sports injuries;
- Metabolic conditions, like – diabetes;
- Having osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout;
- Stress on soft tissues from an abnormal or poorly positioned bone or joint;
- Bad walking habits or posture.
Treatment options include:
- Doing exercises and stretches to improve mobility and build strength in the area;
- Elevating the tendon as advised by your healthcare provider;
- Wrapping the area in a compression bandage;
- Taking medications, like – Tylenol, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), aspirin, and naproxen (Aleve);
- Applying ice or heat.
Spiritual Meaning of Bursitis
Bursitis indicates that you have accumulated anger and aggression for too long. Now you would like to throw the first punch or even hit someone. Try to find a harmless way to free your anger; you will certainly find a way to do so.
Don’t go back to past feelings, do not condemn or judge them, just analyze them consciously. They are a form of energy and power. If you learn to accept them, they will turn into positive energy, and the power of love will again be free within you.
Spiritual Meaning of Tendinitis
Slim tendons indicate your flexibility towards yourself and others. If they are rigid, however, their stiffness indicates your tendencies to be rigid. If your mental energy is rigid, you become inflexible. Thus, your soft tissue will feel this, causing physical stiffness.
The risk of bursitis can be reduced by:
- Stretching and warming up before strenuous activities;
- Using kneeling pads for hobbies or jobs which require a lot of kneeling;
- Exercising to strengthen muscles;
- Maintaining a healthy weight;
- Taking frequent breaks from repetitive physical activities;
- Wheeling rather than carrying heavy loads;
- Bending the knees when lifting something.
Recommendations to reduce the risk of tendonitis include the following:
- Avoid long periods of the same manual activity;
- Lose excess body fat;
- Use professionally fitted shoe inserts (orthoses);
- Wear footwear appropriate for sports;
- Participate in different types of exercises and sports;
- Maintain good form when participating in your chosen exercise or sport;
- Stretch in your physical exercise routine;
- Warm up and cool down before and after physical exercise.