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Bursitis is an inflammation of a bursa. A bursa is a sac or saclike cavity
filled with fluid and situated at places in the tissues where friction would
otherwise develop. The fluid acts as a lubricant to tendons where they pass
over a bony prominence.
While the shoulder is the most common site of bursitis, it can also appear
in the elbow, knee, hip and foot.
Bursitis may be acute or chronic. It starts with localized pain and tenderness
and with immobility in various ranges of motion. The chronic or severe pain
in the shoulder joint will cause the sufferer to limit or reduce the use of
the joint. When the joint motion is limited over a period of time, it can result
in a "frozen shoulder."
The causes of bursitis may be due to trauma, acute or chronic infection, rheumatoid
arthritis or gout. These conditions are almost always associated with a disturbed
physiology which is normally maintained and controlled by the body's nervous
Any interference with the normal nerve supply to a joint, like the shoulder,
can result in a direct involvement with the bursal sac. An indirect involvement
is created when the body's physiology is disturbed due to an insufficient nerve
supply from the brain and spinal cord to organs involved in maintaining the
viscosity of the bursal sac fluids and uric acid levels.
While cases of bursitis respond readily to chiropractic care, it also helps
to limit the intake of acid-forming foods such as proteins and sugars. In addition,
because hormones are slightly acidic and are produced by stress, it is helpful
to avoid stressful situations.
Chiropractic spinal adjustments, along with dietary changes, stress reduction,
rest and sensible mild exercise are all that is usually needed to clear up even
the most stubborn cases of Bursitis.
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