Bursitis is the inflammation or irritation of the bursa. The bursa is a small sac filled with lubricating fluid, located between tissues such as bone, muscle, tendons, and skin. Bursae help to decrease friction, rubbing and irritation and help your joints move with ease. The more superficial bursae act as cushions between the skin and bone. There are more than 150 bursae in your body. Bursitis occurs when a bursa becomes inflamed or irritated; this results in pain and discomfort. The pain may be gradual (building up over time) or may be sudden and severe (especially if calcium deposits are present).
The symptoms of bursitis are directly related to the degree of inflammation present in the bursa and the location of the bursa involved. The inflamed bursa can cause localized pain and tenderness. If the bursa is so inflamed that swelling occurs, it can cause local swelling and stiffness, sometimes associated with local redness and warmth. The inflammation can make it painful to support body pressure. For example, hip bursitis can make it difficult to lie on the affected side of the hip. As another example, bursitis of the inner knee (anserine bursitis) can make it painful to lie with the knees touching each other.
Because there are 150 bursae in the body, there are many different areas of the body that can be affected by bursitis. The symptoms may affect the side of the hip (trochanteric bursitis), shoulder (subacromial or sub deltoid bursitis), the elbow (olecranon bursitis), the knee (pes anserine bursitis on the inner aspect of the knee, prepatellar bursitis on top of the kneecap), the ischial tuberosity in the buttock (ischial bursitis), or the foot and heel (calcaneal bursitis, intermetatarsal bursitis).
Your doctor will diagnose bursitis with a physical exam and tests such as x-rays, ultrasound and MRIs. He or she may also take fluid from the swollen area to be sure the problem isn't an infection.
Treatment of bursitis includes rest, pain medicines, or ice. If there is no improvement, your doctor may inject a drug into the area around the swollen bursa. If the joint still does not improve after 6 to 12 months, you may need surgery to repair damage and relieve pressure on the bursa
Ayurvedic view and Treatment options for Bursitis :-
According to Ayurveda, bursitis is mainly caused by Vata dosha and guides the patients to fix it with Herbal remedies and Panchakarma procedures. The herbal remedies help to maintain the balance of three doshas and thus aims to provide long term relief from the symptoms. These remedies help to prevent the condition from worsening by enhancing the natural ability of the body to repair the damaged tissues and protecting them against further damage.
Herbs for Bursitis :-
1. Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) - Shallaki is an effective herbal plant meant for bursitis treatment enabling the patients to recover from pains and inflammation problems. Another thing is that it helps to improve the movements of joints to live a problem less life.
2. Guggulu (Commiphora wightii) :- This herbal plant is a suitable one for patients who are having high risks of bursitis. It gives ways for reducing the pains and swelling in affected areas to ensure optimal results. Furthermore, the herb delays the effects of aging on the joints and muscles.
3. Erand (Ricinus communis) :- The anti-inflammatory properties of Erand herbal plant can help a patient to get relief from pains, swelling, and restricted movements.
4. Parijat (Nyctanthes arbor-tristis) :- Parijat is a powerful herbal plant that contributes more to boost the functions of immune system. In fact, it can destroy the substances which trigger joint inflammation.
5. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) :- Ashwagandha herbal plant supports back and joints enabling the patients to lower the symptoms of bursitis effectively. In addition to that, it makes feasible ways for strengthening the immune system which helps to prevent the symptoms with high success rates.
6. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) :- The anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties of licorice can help the patients to get solutions for bursitis problems efficiently.
The Ayurvedic treatment of bursitis is aimed at controlling the pain and reducing the swelling and inflammation in the bursae. Ayurvedic herbal formulations like Triphala Guggulu, Yograj Guggulu, Kaishor Guggulu, Vat Gajankush Ras, Maha Vat Vidhwans Ras and Vish Tinduk Vati are used to control pain, swelling and inflammation. Local application on the affected parts can be done using medicines like Vishgarbha oil, Mahanarayan oil and Mahasaindhav oil. Local steam fomentation of the affected parts using decoctions like Dashmool Qadha and Nirgundi Qadha is also a very effective procedure for reducing pain and swelling. Ayurvedic treatments for bursitis are very promising, cost effective and readily available. Owing to the side effects caused by the medications prescribed in allopathy, Ayurvedic treatment of Bursitis is preferred over other treatment methods. For more information please contact Life Line Ayurvedic Herbal Clinic.