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Physio For Bursitis

Bursitis is a painful condition that can restrict movement. If you’re suffering from bursitis, you know how limiting the pain can be. It’s hard to enjoy life when there are certain movements that consistently hurt. Here at Head2Toe at our clinic in Carrigaline, our Physiotherapists employ unique movement tests and positions that can compress the bursa, helping to aid recovery and reduce pain.

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Man having hip pain at Head2Toe clinic in Carrigaline.

What Is Bursitis?

Bursitis is the inflammation of a bursa, which are small fluid-filled sacs that reduce friction between muscles and tendons. When a bursa becomes inflamed, it can lead to bursitis, causing pain and swelling in the affected joint or area. Common causes of bursitis include overuse, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and trauma. 

Physio for bursitis helps to reduce pain and help you to regain mobility. Our physiotherapist treatment may include movement tests, positions that compress the bursa, and exercises to improve the range of motion and reduce pain.

Common Causes Of Bursitis 

There are various reasons why bursitis can develop, such as direct impact on superficial bursa (e.g., elbow, knee), repetitive pressure (e.g., kneeling), and poor biomechanics leading to abnormal load on the joint and bursa.

Injuries are also a frequent cause, with trauma from falls potentially damaging the bursa and leading to joint pain and swelling. Other less common causes include gout or arthritis in the joints, bones exerting pressure on the bursa, and infection.

Signs Of Bursitis

Bursitis can affect many joints within the body and below are a few common areas and signs.

  • Shoulder
    • Pain when raising arms above the head
    • Discomfort worsens at night
    • Decreased range of motion
  • Elbow
    • Increased pain if the elbow is bent
    • Infection is common in this bursa
  • Hip
    • Pain while walking
    • Tenderness in the groin area
    • Pain in the front and middle areas of the thigh to knee and is increased when the hip is extended or rotated
  • Knee
    • Swelling on the front of the kneecap
    • Pain when the knee is bent
    • Pain worsens at night

Physiotherapy Treatment For Bursitis

At our Carrigaline clinic, our physiotherapists here at Head2Toe can assist in treating bursitis by utilising specific movements to apply pressure on the bursa. This technique may alleviate the symptoms. They will also guide you through exercises to enhance joint functionality for bursitis with discomfort, typically involving stretching, strengthening, and retraining movement patterns. Treatment for heel bursitis may involve adjustments in footwear or the use of orthotic inserts for additional arch support.

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Stefanie Adamek
Stefanie Adamek
11/12/2023
Had treatment from Nayna the chiropractor and barry the physio. Sorted my hip and shoulder pain. Thanks so much. Easy booking and overall great experience.
Dots 77
Dots 77
20/11/2023
Amazing experience throughout and incredibly professional. Yvonne truly works wonders. Customer service at its finest, brilliant.
Edel Russell
Edel Russell
27/10/2023
Excellent treatment and advice from Barry and the team - very professional service provided
Gay Butler
Gay Butler
10/10/2023
Dr. Nayna Boohla was incredible adjusting my twisted back and hips after a fall I took in the rain on holiday. She is very caring and incredibly knowledgable at chiropractic and Accupuncture. And only because of her I could continue my trip for another 3 weeks.
Dylan Roche
Dylan Roche
07/10/2023
Yvonne is a miracle worker! I was in pain for months with lower back pain and nothing was working--went to Yvonne at Head to Toe and over time she has made my pain manageable and most days non-existent! She listened to me and we worked out a plan that included me getting back to the gym and getting off pain killers, and so far its working out brilliantly! I can actually move again and enjoy my life which frankly, didn't seem possible 6 months ago...I cannot recommend Yvonne highly enough-Thank you!
livvy simpson
livvy simpson
16/09/2023
I had my first session yesterday! After years of injuring my back while working I’ve had masseuses refuse to touch it out of fear of damaging my back even more. I’ve had numbness in my arm, terrible sleeping patterns and my lower back locks up very often. Out of fear, I was nervous to try acupuncture but Nayna was so calm and made the process very relaxing. She took all the time she needed, clicking and relieving my back, neck, arms, pelvis and legs. I slept like a baby last night for the first time in ages! My back was so inflamed and I can now feel the instant relief after going only once. It is costly but so so worth it (in my opinion the expense of going to many cheaper places adds up and doesn’t have the same effect). I’m able to go about my day pain free and I’m not even taking any pain killers or anti inflammatories, I feel amazing! Thank you Nayna X
Caoilfhionn Lee
Caoilfhionn Lee
19/07/2023
I went to Barry Murphy Mid April for physical therapy treatment due to ongoing pain in my left hip and lower back brought on from running. In short Barry was fantastic. Not only did he help alleviate symptoms he also gave me the tools and skills to ensure that I wont end up in the same place again. Thanks to Barry, I now have a much better understanding of my body and how it works and how to take care of it. Finally he's a lovely guy and completely put me at my ease.
Louise Attard
Louise Attard
13/07/2023
Yvonne and her team are amazing! Yvonne has honestly been life changing! I couldn't do anymore the things i liked doing day to day with the pain i was experiencing..... Yvonne gave me my life back! I couldn't recommend her more! THANK YOU SO MUCH.
Lyndsey Cremin
Lyndsey Cremin
22/06/2023
Yvonne and her team are amazing! They helped me recover from my 1st pregnancy and kept me going through my second. Meeting Yvonne has honestly been life changing! I couldn't recommend her more! THANK YOU!
Kinga Susek
Kinga Susek
22/05/2023
Yvonne is the best Chiropractic in the world. This charming woman can fix the spine like no one else. He treats everyone individually. everyone is taken care of. Highly recommended.

More FAQs On Physio For Bursitis

Is Physio Good For Bursitis?

Physiotherapy can help with bursitis treatment by providing a comprehensive treatment plan that includes strengthening exercises, manual therapy, and other techniques to help reduce inflammation and pain. Our physiotherapists are trained to assess the affected area and develop a personalised bursitis program to aid in pain relief and improve function.

What Should You Not Do When You Have Bursitis?

When you have bursitis, there are certain things you should avoid doing to prevent further pain and improve your condition. One important thing to avoid is putting too much pressure on the affected area, as this can exacerbate the pain and inflammation. It is also important to avoid activities that worsen the symptoms of bursitis, such as repetitive movements. 

What Is The Best Exercise For Bursitis?

There are many exercises that may help with bursitis such as glute stretches, however, when it comes to the treatment of bursitis, physiotherapy is often recommended as an effective treatment option, where our physiotherapist can provide tailored exercise plans depending on your symptoms. A physiotherapist can help in managing the inflammation of the bursa and improving the strength and flexibility of the affected area. Physiotherapy helps in addressing the underlying causes associated with bursitis, leading to a faster recovery and reduced risk of recurrence. If you are experiencing symptoms of bursitis, book an appointment today to discuss a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Do You Need Physio For Bursitis

Physiotherapy is an effective treatment for individuals affected by bursitis, as it can help improve their range of motion and allow them to get back to living without pain.

How Can You Prevent Bursitis?

Bursitis is caused by inflammation of the bursa, often due to repeated pressure on a specific joint. To help prevent bursitis it is best to carry out things such as:

  • Warming up correctly before exercise  
  • Train for new sports slowly
  • Take breaks often when carrying out repetitive tasks 
  • Practice good posture