Tendinitis and Bursitis: Understanding the Conditions and How Physical Therapy Can Help
Tendinitis and bursitis are two common conditions that affect the tendons and bursae in our body. These conditions can cause pain, inflammation, and limited range of motion, making it difficult to perform everyday activities.
We will share more about what tendinitis and bursitis are, how they start, and how physical therapy can help in managing these conditions.
What is Tendinitis?
Tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon, which is a fibrous cord that attaches muscles to bones. It can occur in any tendon of the body but is most common in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, and ankle.
Repetitive motions, overuse, and poor posture are common causes of tendinitis.
Symptoms include pain, swelling, and limited mobility of the affected joint.
What is Bursitis?
Bursitis is the inflammation of a bursa, which is a small fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between bones, tendons, and muscles. It can occur in any bursa of the body but is most common in the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee.
Like tendinitis, repetitive motions, overuse, and trauma are common causes of bursitis.
Symptoms are similar to the above and may include pain, swelling, and limited mobility of the affected joint.
How Can Physical Therapy Help?
Physical therapy can help with the management of tendinitis and bursitis by reducing pain and inflammation, improving range of motion, and restoring function.
We will assess your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan that may include the following techniques:
- Exercise Therapy – We may prescribe exercises to help strengthen the affected muscle, improve flexibility, and restore range of motion.
- Manual Therapy – This technique involves hands-on manipulation of the affected area to reduce pain, inflammation, and improve mobility.
- Modalities – We may use various modalities such as ice or heat therapy, laser therapy, shock wave therapy, or electrical stimulation to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Education – we will share
Let Us Help You Heal
If you are experiencing pain, swelling, or limited range of motion in any joint, consult with a physical therapist for an evaluation. Early intervention can help prevent further damage and improve your quality of life.