Bursitis and Massage


Bursitis is definitely a condition that is successfully treated at our multidisciplinary clinic. Bursitis is an inflammatory condition where one or several of the small cushioning sacs are irritated due a direct blow to the region or due to the repetitive stress and rubbing from a tight tendon.
Trochanteric bursitis is one of the most common presentations of bursitis in our office and is most common among athletes. The good news is, if you live in Bend Oregon, WE CAN HELP! Whether you have some muscle imbalances caused by sitting too much in a sedentary job or you’re a high mileage long distance runner or cyclist, we are a full spectrum Sports Medicine facility with simple solutions for any form of bursitis including massage therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture and therapeutic modalities.
Aside from taking some mild anti-inflammatory medications and ice initially, our goal is to not just mask the symptoms of pain but to ultimately dig deeper in discovering the true cause of the problem and correct it. In the case of trochanteric bursitis, the bursa is likely inflamed by the tight muscles or tendons creating friction over the bursa which creates an inflammatory response. Often caused by poor biomechanics and tight hip abductors (gluteus medius, tensor fascia latta, and the ITB), our therapists and Sports Medicine doctors will not only get rid of your symptoms, but will correct the underlying dysfunctions.


What are the symptoms of trochanteric bursitis?
Multiple presentations may be experienced, including:
• Pain on the side of the affected hip
• Pain with standing after sitting for longer periods of time
• Pain when sleeping on the side of the affected hip
• Pain when climbing stairs
• Pain referring down the side of the leg to the knee
• Pain increasing with running, cycling or other activities
How is Trochanteric Bursitis Diagnosed?
An initial history and exam will be performed by one of our chiropractic physicians to better understand the location, severity and cause and will be able to develop a more individualized treatment plan. A telltale sign is if there is increased tenderness over the bursa when pressure is applied. Biomechanical dysfunction will also be addressed for determining the likely cause.
What is Trochanteric Bursitis Treatment?
In conjunction with deep tissue massage to reduce the tight problematic muscles causing the excessive stress on the tendons, acupuncture, pelvic or hip adjustments, specific strengthening exercises and stretches, and other modalities such as electrotherapy, ultrasound, kinesiotaping, and ice.
Trochanteric bursitis is successfully managed often within six weeks. It is important to not stop your therapeutic exercises once the pain is gone.
When it comes to bursitis in any form, we are confident that our team can help you not only get out of pain, but prevent future occurrences from happening as well.

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