Posted on Mar 14, 2008 | Comments 0
Overuse or repetitive stress to your body joints can result in a painful inflammation, bursitis.
Usually your body has more than 150 bursae which lubricates and cushions the pressure points present between your bones, tendons and muscles near your joints.
When ever an inflammation occurs to these bursae, it can end up with a painful movement or pressure for your body joints.
Bursitis can more prominently occur at particular joints in your body like shoulders, elbows or hips. You can also have more chances to develop this inflammation at your knee, heel and also at the base of your big toe.
Inflammation of the bursa can be the main source for bursitis!
In many cases, the cause responsible for bursitis can be unknown. Bursae, these fluid filled sacs often get inflamed due to overuse or it can also occur due to excessive stress or prolonged pressure on your joints. Some of the causes which can be responsible for inflammation of bursae include:
- Trauma: Trauma can cause inflammatory bursitis from repetitive injury, which can result in widening of your blood vessels. This widening can allow the proteins and the extracellular fluids present in your body to flow into bursae and it reacts adversely to these foreign substances by causing pain and swelling at your joint.
- Infection: Bursae which are in present in close contact with the surface of the skin are at increased risk to get infected with certain micro organisms. This type of bursitis caused by infection is known as septic bursitis. Certain bacteria like staphylococcus aureus or staphylococcus epidermis, which are responsible for causing septic bursitis normally resides on your skin.
- Bursitis can also take place due to crystal deposits in your joints: Uric acid is a normal byproduct of your body metabolism. People with certain health conditions like gout, rheumatoid arthritis could unable to properly break down this byproduct, which crystallizes and resides on joints resulting in bursitis.
Mostly people with diabetes, alcoholism and some of those undergoing steroid treatments are mostly affected with this inflammation. People who suffer with kidney conditions or who experience trauma will be at higher risks of getting affected with this kind of inflammation.
Be aware of the factors responsible for the inflammation and take proper precautionary steps to avoid bursitis.
Posted in: Muscle & Bone Disorders