What is Bursitis?

Bursitis is caused by an inflammation of the little fluid sacs around the shoulder, knee, and other parts of the body. Bursitis is similar to arthritis and is a Pita condition. Treatment is similar to what you would do for arthritis.

What are the Symptoms of Bursitis

Typical: Feel achy or stiff, Hurt more when you move or press on it, Look swollen and red.

What are the Causes of Bursitis

  • Repetitive movements like tennis or movements above the head like lifting something to a top shelf.
  • Tasks like cleaning floor on your knees
  • Damage or injury in the area
  • Inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout and infection.

When to see a Doctor?

Consult your doctor if you have:
  • Disability joint pain
  • Sudden inability to move a joint
  • Excessive swelling, redness, bruising or a rash in the affected area
  • Sharp or shooting pain
  • Fever

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Bursitis

  • Using kneeling pads: Use some type of padding to reduce the pressure on your knees if your job or hobby requires a lot of kneeling.
  • Lifting properly: Bend your knees when you lift. Failing to do so puts extra stress on the bursae in your hips.
  • Wheeling heavy loads: Carrying heavy loads put s stress on the bursae in your shoulders. Use a dolly or a wheeled cart instead.
  • Taking frequent breaks: Alternate repetitive tasks with rest or other activities.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight: Being overweight places more stress on your joints.
  • Exercising: Strengthening your muscles can help protect your affected joint.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Bursitis

  • Taking kaishore guggulu (1 tablet 3 times a day) should help. This herbal remedy is available by mail from various sources of Ayurvedic herbs.
  • Application of sandalwood paste will be soothing. Make the paste by taking 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder and adding sufficient water to form a paste. Rub it gently onto the painful area.
  • Before going to bed at night, take 1 cup of hot milk with 2 teaspoons of castor oil added. The laxative effect will eliminate pitta-type toxicity in the colon. If 2 teaspoons do not work, use 3 teaspoons the following night, adjusting your own dose. You should get a couple of good bowel movements in the morning, which will help to cleanse the impurities of the colon. You may continue using this remedy until your symptoms clear up.
  • As a second choice, you can take triphala or amalaki (1 teaspoon) at night in 1 cup of warm water.
Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Not known.
Avi Kumar

Avi is an irreverent hard-core Engineer turned Marketer, who is focused on unveiling the secrets of Ayurveda, scientifically. His aim is to research Ayurveda, take what works, discard what's superseded by new discoveries, and in all increase in human knowledge.

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