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Integrative Spine & Sports

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians & Pain Medicine Physicians located in Fort Lauderdale, FL

The joints in your body rely on several components to ensure smooth and pain-free function. When inflammation strikes one of these components, which happens with bursitis or tendinitis, the effects can be painful and limiting. At Integrative Spine & Sports, Jose Juan Diaz, DO, provides solutions for patients in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area who are coping with joint pain. For more information, please call or use the online scheduling tool.

Bursitis Q & A

What is bursitis?

The articulating joints (the ones that move) in your body rely on several components to function smoothly, and your bursae top this list. These fluid-filled sacs provide essential cushioning between your muscles, bones, and tendons.

Bursa sacs are found in both large and small joints throughout your body, including your:

  • Hips
  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Big toes
  • Heels
  • Knees

When these sacs become irritated and inflamed, they cause pain and stiffness around your joint.

What other types of problems lead to joint pain?

Your joints are incredibly complex, as they bring together various bones and connective tissue that provide support, movement, and range of motion. Your tendons, which are thick cords that attach your muscles to your bones, can also become inflamed, leading to a condition known as tendinitis.

Tendinitis can strike most any tendon, but the condition typically develops in joints that you use more frequently, such as your:

  • Heel (Achilles tendon)
  • Knees
  • Shoulders
  • Wrists
  • Elbows (tennis elbow)

The symptoms of tendinitis are similar to bursitis, which causes pain and stiffness within your affected joint.

What are the causes of joint pain?

While acute injury can cause joint pain, bursitis and tendinitis are typically the result of repetitive movement. As you place continued stresses on the components in your joint, overuse can lead to inflammation. This is why many joint problems carry names like “runner’s knee,” “pitcher’s shoulder,” and “tennis elbow,” — because these activities tax your joints past their ability to keep up.

What are the treatments for bursitis and joint pain?

Dr. Diaz approaches joint pain with a holistic approach that remedies the immediate discomfort while also providing a long-lasting solution. After an extensive evaluation, including advanced imaging, Dr. Diaz zeroes in on the cause of your joint pain to come up with the best treatment plan, which usually involves one or more of the following:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Rest
  • Icing therapies
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Bracing or other assistive devices (walking boots, for example)

In some cases, Dr. Diaz may recommend surgery, but more often than not he can treat your joint pain without resorting to more invasive solutions. 

To learn more about the treatments for joint pain, including bursitis and tendinitis, please call Integrative Spine & Sports or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.