Bursitis

Bursitis physiotherapy and osteopathy treatment (shoulder bursitis, hip bursitis, elbow bursitis, heel bursitis) for people with bursitis, inflammation of the bursa and joint irritation, in London at home or at one of the practices in Belgravia SW1, Clapham SW4 and Moorgate EC2. Bursitis rehabilitation with our specialised physiotherapist and osteopath.

Bursitis rehabilitation and treatment in London.

Bursitis is a term describing the inflammation of the bursa, often occurring in conjunction with or secondary to a tendon injury (swelling or tear). When a bursa becomes inflamed, it loses its ability to prevent muscles, tendons and bones from rubbing against each other, causing then swelling to the area, which results in more friction and irritates the bursa.

Our physiotherapist and osteopath are specialised in bursitis treatment for your shoulder, hip, knee, elbow or heel in London at home or at the clinic

At Excellence Physiotherapy London, our physiotherapist and osteopath are specialised in treating people suffering from bursitis in its diverse forms. They have years of experience and will be able to help you ease the inflammation with advices and physical exercises. So whether you have a shoulder bursitis, hip bursitis, elbow bursitis or heel bursitis, they will be able to treat you the most efficiently possible and get you back to sports without pain.


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Bursitis physiotherapy and osteopathy treatment: rehabilitation for the inflammation of the bursa and articulation with our physiotherapist and osteopath specialised in bursitis, in London at home or at our practices in Belgravia SW1, Clapham SW4 and Moorgate EC2

If you’d like to be seen in the comfort of your own home, our team is happy to offer treatments and rehabilitation at your place in London. However, you can also be seen at one of our practices: the Light Centre Belgravia SW1 in Westminster near Victoria Station, the Light Centre Moorgate EC2 between Liverpool Street and Monument Station, and at Make Me Feel Clapham SW4 between Clapham South and Clapham Common Stations.

Our physiotherapy and osteopathy treatments are covered by most health insurances and are Bupa registered & recognised (BUPA Global and BUPA UK), Axa registered & recognised (AXA International, AXA ppp), Cigna registered & recognised and WPA registered & recognised

For a bursitis physiotherapy and osteopathy treatment appointment in London at home or at the clinic: 0207 125 0262 / 0782 455 3765

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More information about bursitis, inflammation of the bursa and joint pain, physiotherapy and osteopathy treatments in London

How can physiotherapy and osteopathy help treat bursitis in London?

Physiotherapy and osteopathy treatments can help with the following:

  • Teaching you positions and movements to avoid irritating the bursa further and allow the area to rest
  • Taping to offload the joint and reduce the pressure on the bursa
  • Safe exercises to keep the muscles around the area strong
  • Advices regarding management (rest, ice, anti-inflammatory)
  • Referral to a doctor if any scanning is required (or a cortisone injection if conservative management fails)

What is the bursa exactly?

The bursa is a small fluid-filled sac located near the tendons, that cushions and prevents them from rubbing on the bone. Bursas can be found in a lot of different places in your body. Without the bursa between the tendons and the bones, the friction during movements would be painful and irritating.

What are the different types of bursitis?

Bursitis happens when the articulation is used too often in a wrong position and/or when the joint is used in repetitive movements. The main types of bursitis are:

  • Shoulder bursitis, also called subacromial bursitis: shoulder Busitis is often associated to rotator cuff condition.
  • Hip bursitis, also called trochanteric bursitis
  • Knee bursitis, also called patella bursitis: in knee bursitis, you will often find your knee swollen and warm.
  • Elbow bursitis, also called olecranon bursitis: in elbow bursitis you will often find your elbow swollen and warm
  • Heel bursitis, also called retrocalcaneal bursitis

Specificity of shoulder, knees and elbow bursitis

In the shoulder, if there is a rotator cuff injury, the bursa may be inflamed because of the small space in the area of the joint.

In the knees and elbows, bursitis can be a primary injury but is usually due to sustained pressure (e.g carpenters resting on their knees or if a blunt trauma occurred, like a fall on the knee or elbow).

What are the symptoms of bursitis?

When a bursitis occurs, the main symptoms are the following:

  • Pain to touch around the joint
  • Swelling (more common in knee and elbow as they are more superficial)
  • Pain with movement of the joint or reduced strength in the area
  • Heat

What are the different causes of bursitis?

Three causes can result in bursitis:

  • Repetitive irritation: due to repetitive movement or a prolonged and excessive pressure
  • Systemic disease: inflammatory condition or rheumatoid arthritis for example
  • Injury: trauma such as car accident or fall (a contusion will cause swelling within the bursa)