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20 April 2009

How to Treat Bursitis

Home treatment of Bursitis:

In most cases, you will probably be able to treat bursitis at home.

The key part of at-home treatment, as with many injuries, is rest. Besides resting the affected joint or region, to help get rid of bursitis try:

  • Ice ice, baby. Ice should be used on the bursitis while the inflamed area is still warm to the touch. Ice can be applied several times a day for up to 20 minutes. Icing the area will also help to lessen the swelling that can occur with bursitis.
  • The heat is on. Putting heat on the joint when it is no longer warm to the touch can reduce the pain. As with ice, don't apply heat for more than 20 minutes at a time.
  • Elevation. Raising a joint that is swollen for any reason can help to reduce swelling. That goes for bursitis, too. If possible, elevate the affected joint so it is above the level of the heart.
  • Under pressure. Avoid placing pressure on the joint. This will aggravate bursitis rather than help it to heal.
  • Just like a pill. Anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen may help.

How can you prevent bursitis?

You may be able to prevent bursitis from happening or coming back.
  • Rest the area, and avoid any activity or direct pressure that may cause pain.
  • Apply ice or cold packs as soon as you notice pain and tenderness.
  • Take pain relievers you can buy without a prescription such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen.
  • Change the way you do activities with repeated movements that may strain your muscles or joints.
  • Protect your joints from pressure. Cushion knees or elbows on hard surfaces, and wear shoes with good support that fit you well.

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