Bursitis and Chiropractic

by | May 18, 2021 | bursitis, chiropractic, Shoulder bursitis

Bursitis is a disorder that affects the synovial bursae (sacs) inside the joints that provide cushioning between bones, tendons, and muscles. Bursitis occurs when these bursae of synovial fluid become inflamed.

The main symptoms of bursitis are pain, swelling,and irritation of the affected area. Bursitis can occur in any of the synovial bursae in our body. However, the most affected areas are usually the shoulder, hip, elbow, and knee.


Bursitis can develop as a result of trauma, infection, or as a consequence of a pre-existing health condition.

If the joints are not well aligned, there is no good (or correct) intra-articular (tendon on the bone) glide, the level of friction increases and causes the joints to rub abnormally.

In our daily life, this can happen when the joints perform frequent repetitive movements: when doing household chores or leaning on the elbows in the office for long periods, for example.

Whenever the joints, muscles, and tendons near the particular synovial bursa are subjected to excessive use or the joint in question is misaligned, bursitis of the shoulder, elbow, hip, or knee may result.


In the case of athletes, for example, shoulder bursitis is very common, since during their physical activity they must perform many repetitions moving their arms above their heads or performing rotations. A clear example would be when practicing swimming, tennis, or in the gym.

Chiropractic is one of the most effective treatments to treat bursitis, help reduce your pain and restore your mobility.

Through chiropractic treatment, we will treat the affected joint that gives rise to bursitis to restore its correct joint position, recover its normal range of motion and reduce pain in a fast, easy and gentle way.

We will also verify that there are no other derived pathologies in the nearby articular areas, checking that there is a correct alignment of the vertebrae, which we will treat due to their relationship with the joint. The back must be in good general health, preventing the recurrence of bursitis once it has been treated.

The Doctor of Chiropracticwill evaluate the initial range of motion, and the degree of overall involvement of the affected joint and determine the type of treatment and its duration.

A personalized treatment plan will be developed and adapted according to each case, the degree of inflammation, and the progression of the injury so far. It is therefore important to have a check-up as soon as possible to improve in the shortest possible time and to ensure the best possible treatment progress.