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Shoulder Bursitis

Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursae, which are small fluid-filled sacs found in the joints, muscles, tendons and bones that help to promote muscular movement by cushioning the bones against friction. It can be caused by injury, food, airborne, allergies, or calcium deposits. This disorder typically affects the hip or shoulder joints and is also known as tennis elbow, bunions, etc. Tenderness of the affected body part accompanies bursitis, and acute pain that usually limits motion often follows as well.

Supplements that will help:
*Calcium plus magnesium --1500 mg daily.
Chelate form is the most effective.
*Enzymes-- 2 tablets between meals and at bedtime.
*Vitamin C --4,000 to 10,000 daily in divided doses. Essential to the healing process and to reduce swelling.
*Zinc --50 mg daily. Helps to control inflammation.

Treatment and Rehabilitation
1. Electrical Modalities to reduce pain and inflammation
2. Manipulation of the spine and surrounding tissue relieves the stress on the bursa.
3. Proper exercises begun at the right time will reduce pressure on the bursa
4. Elimination of repetitive friction motions will relieve the symptoms.
5. Treatment and rehabilitation may require 3 weeks and 3 months respectively depending on patient compliance.

Recommendations:
1. For acute situations, utilize ice packs on the affected area until numbness is reached.
2. Ultrasound therapy is effective in the healing process.
3. At the appropriate time, stretches and strengthening exercises should be implemented in the treatment regimen.

Maintenance:
Regular spinal adjustments are important to reduce the symptoms of bursitis. Patients who receive monthly spinal manipulation and therapy report fewer complications with bursitis. It is important that you follow your physician's advice about the frequency of treatment for your particular condition.

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