Bursitis is defined as inflammation of the bursae, which are fluid-filled sacs found between muscles and tendons. A bursa sac’s function is to reduce friction between surfaces of the body, and aid in facilitating movement.
Bursa sacs are typically found in areas of the body where large joints are located, such as the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees. These sacs of fluid can become inflamed, infected, or traumatized from overuse of the joint, continued or excessive friction of the joint, and from having systemic diseases such as gout and rheumatoid arthritis, which can lead to an infection of the bursa sac.
Tendinitis is simply defined as an inflammation of a tendon. Tendons are connective tissues between muscles and bones in the body. Tendons, muscles, and bones all work together to create movement in your body.
Tendinitis usually occurs after prolonged use of using the tendon inappropriately. Usually, tendinitis is accompanied by bursitis in the joint. The joints typically affected by tendinitis are the shoulder, elbow (“tennis elbow”), wrist, and knee (“housemaid’s knee”), but can happen in any tendon in the body.
Tendinitis and Bursitis have similar signs and symptoms:
- Tenderness and pain when moving the affected part
- Joint movement is limited (flexion and extension)
- Fluid accumulation and swelling (edema) of the joint
Homeopathy is very effective for people experiencing acute (short-term, sudden onset) tendinitis and bursitis, as well as chronic (long-standing). There are several homeopathic remedies that may be useful for these situations. They are listed below:
Bryonia: Pain accompanying the inflammation that is sharp or stitching, in nature. Every slight motion causes pain. Feels better from applying pressure to the joint and from heat.
Phytolacca: Pain and inflammation that exists at the site of attachment for the tendon to the bone. This pain feels worse from heat, and better from cold applications.
Rhus Toxicodendron: Pain and stiffness that arises from overuse. The pain is better from continued motion, from hot bathing, or from heat. When the person gets moving, they feel compelled to keep moving and desire stretching the joint. Affects the left sided joints of the body more than the right.
Please note this list is not comprehensive. For specific and individualized care, please contact me for further information.
In this article I described the nature of bursitis and tendinitis, their etiology, their signs and symptoms, and homeopathic remedies that can help people experiencing these conditions.
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Noel Peterson is classical homeopathic practitioner located in Austin, Texas. He specializes his practice in helping men, women, and children find sustainable relief from their pains, illnesses, and conditions using a method of healing that works safely, gently, and reliably.