WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF BURSITIS?
Some of the symptoms which an individual affected by bursitis can experience include one or more of the following:
The most prevalent causes of bursitis remain repetitive movements or maintaining a position that exerts pressure on the bursae and surrounding joint.
Some examples of activities that can cause bursitis are listed below:
Throwing a baseball or raise something above your head several times
Resting on your elbows for a long time
Kneeling for tasks such as carpet laying or floor cleaning for a long period of time
Some other causes of bursitis include injury or trauma to the affected area and inflammatory arthritis, for example, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and infection.
DIAGNOSIS OF BURSITIS
A diagnosis of bursitis, will start with a physical examination of the affected area aswell as questions about recent activities.
In the event that the patient has a high temperature, a small sample of fluid from a bursa close to the affected area of the body can be taken by the doctor. This sample will be subjected to further testing for bacteria.
Some of the tests which can be done include:
TREATMENT OF BURSITIS
Treatment of bursitis differs as it depends greatly on the severity of the symptoms. The treatment options are of two types which can either be self-treatment or medical treatment.
Self-treatment Here is where you can help as a Therapist
Majority of the cases of bursitis can be treated at home. However, this requires the assistance of a pharmacist and some self-care techniques.
Self-care usually involves:
Steroids: Steroid can be injected into the affected area. Steroids help to block the body chemical called prostaglandin which causes inflammation. Care must be taken when using steroids because they can increase patient blood pressure if they are used too long and increase the risk of infection.
In the case a test confirms a bacterial infection, the doctor can prescribe antibiotics. The antibiotics used in this case are taken orally and in more serious cases they can be administered intravenously.
On the off chance that the treatment is not effective, additional tests may be done by the doctor in order to rule out the possibility of a more serious condition.
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