Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Bursitis and Mesotherapy

Bursitis is a very painful condition that occurs if joints are overused causing the bursae of the joints to become inflamed and swell up to twice or even three times their normal size.  Thankfully intervention with mesotherapy can help reduce the misery of this condition and also reduce the swelling.

Bursae are the small, fluid-filled sacs that lubricate and cushion pressure points between the bones and the tendons and muscles near any of the  joints. When inflammation occurs, movement or pressure is painful.  Itoften affects the areas around the joints in your shoulders, elbows or hips. It can also occur in the knee, heel and in the base of your big toe.

When bursitis affects the elbow it is known as “tennis elbow.”  In the shoulder it is commonly called “frozen shoulder.”  Technically bunions are also classified as bursitis.


Symptoms of bursitis are a dull ache or worsening of pain with the movement of any joint. The affected joint may also appear swollen or  warm to the touch.  In some individuals the skin around the inflamed joint turns pink.

If the bursitis occurs in the hip there is usually no swelling as there is a lot of tissue concealing the joint, but this does not make the condition any less painful.


Common causes of bursitis are overuse, stress or direct trauma to a joint, such as with repeated bumping or prolonged pressure from kneeling. Bursitis may also result from an infection, arthritis or gout. Tight muscles and repetitive strain can also result in bursitis. Many times, the cause is unknown.

Rarer causes of bursitis can include reactions to certain foods, airborne allergies or calcium deposits. Extremely rare causes include staphylococcal infection and tuberculosis.

Care and Treatment

Bursitis pain usually goes away within a week or so with proper treatment, but recurrent flare-ups of bursitis are common and can be frustrating. Mesotherpy cocktails used to treat this condition can inclue muscle relaxiants, calcitonin, highly polymerized DNA, Indo-sulfer combintations, B vitamins, vasoldilators and chroprotective agents.  

The stanard reatment for bursitis is resting and immobilizing the affected area, applying ice to reduce swelling and taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. With simple self-care and home treatment, bursitis usually disappears within a week or two.

Sometimes, your doctor may recommend physical therapy or exercises to strengthen the muscles in the area. Additionally, adoctor may inject a corticosteroid drug into the bursa to relieve inflammation. This treatment generally brings immediate relief.

If the bursitis is caused by an infection, the person will need to take antibiotics. Sometimes the bursa must be surgically drained, but only rarely is surgical removal of the affected bursa necessary.

Hot castor oil packs may help relieve pain. You can make these by dipping a piece of cheesecloth in warmed castor oil, covering it with plastic and covering it with a heating pad. Keep this covered for about two hours.

The best immediate  thing to do for bursitis is to stop if what you are doing if you are in physical pain. Bursitis will recur if you keep doing the activity that triggered the swelling of the bursae in the first place.

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