Bursitis: Effective treatments & therapy

The bursa sacs in our joints play a vital role in our mobility and range of movement, when they become damaged there are a number of treatment options that can be used to assist in their recovery, including non-surgical solutions such as stem cell and shockwave therapy.


More than just a cushion!

Bursitis is a relatively common, painful condition caused by inflammation of a bursa, a fluid-filled sac that is present in joints between bone and soft tissue. When these sacs become inflamed they cause pain, inflammation and reduced mobility.

Have you been told that drugs, steroid injections or surgery are your only options to treat your bursitis? If there is a medical need established LifePlus maybe able to provide a non-surgical alternative using stem cells. 

What causes bursitis?

Bursitis is inflammation, swelling or irritation of a bursa sac. Bursa are fluid-filled sacs that cushion the bones, tendons and muscles near joints. Symptoms of bursitis include joint pain, redness and swelling. The most common causes of bursitis are repetitive movements and positions that put pressure on the bursae around a joint. Examples include lifting something repeatedly, kneeling, injury or arthritis and infections.

How can bursitis be treated?

Acute bursitis can be treated with ice to reduce swelling in the immediate hours after pain occurs. Alternatively over-the-counter medication, such as ibuprofen to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

Can arthritis cause bursitis?

Bursitis can be caused by arthritis but it does not lead to it.

How long does bursitis last?

Acute bursitis is usually a short term flare-up over a few days and can go away on its own. Chronic bursitis can last from several weeks to months, it can go away and then return. Acute bursitis can become chronic if left untreated.

Alternatives to bursitis surgery:

  • Lifestyle adjustments and rest
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Pain relief medication
  • Physiotherapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Extracorporeal Magnetotransduction Therapy (EMTT®)
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)

Common locations for bursitis include: Shoulder, elbow, knee and hip.

Stem cells can be injected into an injured bursa, this may encourage the damaged tissue to regrow and heal.

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