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Bursitis is an inflammation of a bursa and occurs when the bursae becomes irritated and swollen. The bursae are small fluid-filled sacs located between tendons and bone in various places in the body, particularly near joints. They help to promote muscular movement by cushioning against movement friction between bones, tendons, and ligaments. By reducing friction, each of the more than 150 bursae in your body helps the joints operate smoothly through the full range of natural movement.

The bursae in the hip and shoulder joints are most often affected since the shoulder has the greatest range of motion in the body. Bursitis is prone to affect the elbows, knees, feet, and the base of the thumb, as well.

Epicondylitis or epitrochlear bursitis, affecting the arm is often called "tennis elbow" or "frozen shoulder." Tennis elbow may start as a small tear in the tendon, and is more likely to occur in people whose jobs require repeated tight gripping of an object. Occupational bursitis is not uncommon, and is known by old, familiar names such as "housemaid's knee," "policeman's heel," or the "beat knee" or "beat shoulder" of coal miners.

Trochanteric bursitis is inflammation of the bursa in the hip. This may be caused by continual physical activity, by standing for a long time, or by a displacement of the hip. An aching pain that may radiate down the leg normally accompanies it. One of the most common foot ailments, the bunion, is actually a form of bursitis caused by friction; a tight-fitting shoe causes a sac on the joint of the big toe to become inflamed.

It can sometimes be difficult to differentiate between bursitis and tendonitis, the inflammation of a tendon. Tendonitis is closely related to bursitis, and the two are often confused. Bursitis is usually characterized by a dull, persistent ache that increases with movement, whereas tendonitis, which is the inflammation of the tendons caused by strain, typically causes sharp pain on movement. Tendonitis often afflicts people who routinely have to reach to perform certain activities, such as domestic workers and painters. Tendonitis is most commonly found in the shoulders, hips, Achilles tendons, or hamstrings. Tendon inflammation may also result from calcium deposits that press against a tendon. Unlike tendonitis, bursitis is often accompanied by swelling and fluid accumulation.

Bursitis can affect anyone, at any age. However, older people, especially athletes, are more likely than others to get bursitis. Bursitis is usually characterized by a dull, persistent ache that increases with movement, and rotation of the arm may be difficult if it is in the shoulder. This condition is often worse at night, and the pain usually extends from the top of the shoulder to just under the large shoulder muscle of the back.

The discomfort of bursitis tends to be most severe after a night's sleep and will typically subside somewhat with normal activity.


Stretching or extension when exercising, lifting, or otherwise pushing the joint beyond its normal limits, an inflamed bursa in the shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, or joints of the hands or feet:
  • Causes pain.

  • Tenderness to the touch of the affected body part.

  • Limitation of motion, with or without immediate pain.

  • Loss of motion, especially affecting the shoulder.

  • Redness.

  • Swelling and inflammation.

  • Muscle weakness.


  • Manual Workers: Heavy lifting, repetitive motion or working for extended periods can strain the joints and bring on a bursitis attack.

  • Athletes: They get bursitis after running, throwing, or jumping, or from making aggressive arm swings in tennis, baseball, and even bowling.

  • Usually Sedentary People that occasionally are active: When they tend to push themselves and their bodies past reasonable limits, they are at risk for bursitis.


    A bursa can become inflamed and the sac fills with excess fluid, causing pain, tenderness to the touch of the affected body part, and limitation of motion as well as pressure on surrounding tissue when:
    • Caused by injury.

    • Chronic overuse, or when it remains under pressure for a long time.

    • Reactions to certain foods.

    • Airborne allergies.

    • Calcium deposits.

    • Tight muscles also may lead to bursitis.

    Calcified bursitis occurs when scar tissue develops in the bursa because an original injury was left untreated. The bursae in the hip and shoulder joints are most often affected.



  • An x-ray of the affected area may be taken to look for bony spurs (abnormal areas) or arthritis.

  • Aspiration, in which fluid is taken from the swollen bursa and evaluated under a microscope, to rule out gout or infection.

  • Blood tests to screen for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes.

  • A magnetic resonance imaging test (MRI) also may be performed to evaluate your condition.

  • Initial treatment typically consists of aspirin or other over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These pain relievers also tend to reduce inflammation. An injection of a local anesthetic mixed with one or more cortisone preparations into the bursa may be recommended to decrease inflammation and reduce pain. Heat and ultrasound can help relax the joint and promote tissue repair.

  • Diathermy (deep-heat therapy), under the direction of a sports health care provider, licensed physical therapist, or trainer, not only can relieve the discomfort and inflammation of bursitis but also can soothe tense muscles, nerves, and tendons. It may help to apply ice to the affected area for 20 to 30 minutes twice daily for 2 or 3 days.

  • In cases when bursitis may recur, your health care provider may prescribe corticosteroid treatment, in the form of either oral medication, topical creams, or injections to the affected joints. In severe cases, it may be necessary to draw fluid from inflamed and swollen bursae with a needle to relieve the pressure. In persistent conditions, bursae can be surgically removed.


  • Warming up before strenuous exercise and cooling down afterward is the most effective way to avoid bursitis and other strains affecting the bones, muscles, and ligaments.

  • Avoid activities that aggravate the problem.

  • Rest the affected area after activity.


  • Although bursitis generally disappears in a few days or weeks, you must take measures to avoid further strain or injury. A physical therapy program that includes stretching and focused strengthening exercises could be helpful.

  • Bursitis may recur, particularly if you engage regularly in strenuous exercise or physical labor.


  • Some people may be tempted to ride out the pain, but this is not recommended. Without treatment, chronic bursitis can lead to the formation of calcium deposits in normally soft tissues, sometimes causing permanent reduction of motion in the affected joint.


  • Go on a 7-day raw food diet, followed by a 3-day cleansing fast.

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  • Eat no processed foods or any form of sugar.

  • To relieve pain, use hot castor oil packs. Place castor oil in a pan and heat but do not boil it. Dip a piece of cheesecloth or other white cotton material into the oil until the cloth is saturated. Apply the cloth to the affected area and cover it with a piece of plastic that is larger in size than the cotton cloth. Place a heating pad over the plastic and use it to keep the pack warm. Keep the pack in place for one-half to two hours, as needed. Some health care providers recommend ice packs.

  • You may need to abstain from activity and get plenty of rest. When engaging in physical activity, do not push yourself too hard or too long. If you are in pain, stop.

  • Treatment for bursitis involves removing the cause of the injury (this usually means rest and/or immobilization of the affected area), clearing up any underlying infection, and possibly surgically removing calcium deposits.

  • Applied topically, dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), a byproduct of wood processing, can relieve pain and reduce swelling. Note: Only DMSO from a health food store should be used for healing purposes. Commercial grade DMSO found in hardware stores is not suitable. The use of DMSO may result in a garlicky body odor. This is temporary, and is not a cause for concern.


  • Herbal Remedies: DMSO Roll-On, 70% DMSO - 30% Distilled Water, 3 fl. oz.

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  • Herbal Remedies: DMSO Liquid, 70% DMSO - 30% Distilled Water in Mist Sprayer, 8 oz.

  • A new, still experimental, treatment for bursitis involves injecting honeybee venom directly at the site. The venom contains a powerful anti-inflammatory and can provide rapid relief. It can be injected either with a hypodermic needle or by the bees themselves. Further information is available from the American Apitherapy Society in Hartland Four Corners, Vermont; Tel: (802) 436-2708.


  • Horsetail extract supplies silica, a form of the trace mineral silicon, which is necessary for tissue repair and healing.

  • Boswellia and Bromelain both reduce inflammation.

  • Horsetail, Meadowsweet, and Willow Bark, combined in equal measure and taken 3 times daily, help with inflammation.


    Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For a child between 12 and 17 years, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended dose. For a child between 6 and 12 years old, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under 6, use 1/4 the recommended dose. See Bursitis Supplements & Products for more helpful recommendations.

    Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments
    Very Important
    Calcium 1,500 mg daily. Necessary for repair of connective tissue.
    Calcium Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 700 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
    Liquid Calcium W/ConcenTrace, Orange Vanilla, Trace Minerals, 1000 mg, 32 fl. oz.,
    Cal-Mag Pre-Chelated Calcium & Magnesium, Vital Earth, 240 Gelcaps
    Magnesium 750 mg daily. Needed to balance with calcium and for proper muscular function.
    Magnesium Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 350 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
    Just An Ounce Calcium & Magnesium Liquid, Almond Flavor, 16 fl. oz.,
    Calcium & Magnesium Mineral Complex, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 500 mg / 250 mg, 250 Caps
    Free-Form Amino Acid Complex As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach. Needed for healing of tendons and tissues.
    Amino 1000 Complete, NOW Foods, 120 Caps
    Amino 1500, Chewable Blend of 20 Amino Acids, Predigested, NOW Foods, 150 Tabs
    Multi-Enzyme Complex
    With Pancreatin
    As directed on label. Take with meals. To aid digestion. Use a formula with high amounts of Pancreatin.
    Plant Enzymes, NOW Foods, Vegetarian, 120 VCaps,
    Enzymes, All Complete, 250 mg, 90 Caps,
    MetabolicZyme (Hypoallergenic), Allergy Research Group / Nutricology, 900 Tabs,
    Pancreatin 4X, NOW Foods, 500 mg, 100 Caps
    Proteolytic Enzymes As directed on label. Take between meals. Helps reduce inflammation. Contains a powerful anti-inflammatory substance.
    MetabolicZyme (Hypoallergenic), Allergy Research Group / Nutricology, 900 Tabs,
    Plant Enzymes, NOW Foods, Vegetarian, 120 VCaps,
    Enzymes, All Complete, 250 mg, 90 Caps
    Infla-Zyme Forte
    From American Biologics
    Take 2 Tablets 2-3 times daily, between meals. Reduces inflammation.
    Vitamin A 15,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Needed for tissue repair and immune function.
    Vitamin A, 10,000 IU, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 100 Softgels
    Natural Beta-Carotene
    Carotenoid Complex (Betatene)
    25,000 IU daily.

    As directed on label.
    An antioxidant and precursor of vitamin A.
    Beta Carotene (Natural Dunaliella Salina), Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 25,000 IU, 100 Softgels,
    Multi-Carotene Antioxidant, Nature's Way, 60 Softgels
    Selenium 200 mcg daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 40 mcg daily. Needed for tissue elasticity. Provides antioxidant protection at the cellular level.
    Selenium Supplement, Yeast Free, NOW Foods, 200 mcg, 180 Caps,
    Selenium Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 50 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
    Ionic Selenium, Trace Minerals, 300 mcg, 2 fl. oz.,
    Selenium, 100% Natural, Nature's way, 200 mcg, 100 Caps
    Vitamin E Start with 200 IU daily and increase slowly to 1,000 IU daily. Also open a capsule and apply the oil directly to the scar once healing has begun. An anti-inflammatory free radical scavenger. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.
    Ester E Natural Vitamin E, California Natural, 400 IU, 60 Softgels,
    Vitamin E, 400 IU, 100% Natural, NOW Foods, 100 Gels,
    Vitamin E-1000, NOW Foods, 1000 IU, 100 Gels,
    Vitamin E, d-alpha-tocopherol, 400 IU, 100 Softgels
    Vitamin C
    3,000-8,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Reduces inflammation and potentiates immune function. Essential for the formation of collagen, a protein in connective tissue.
    Vitamin C Liquid w/ Rose Hips & Bioflavonoids, Kosher, Natural Citrus Flavor, Dynamic Health, 1000 mg, 16 fl. oz.,
    Ester C With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 1000 mg, 90 Tabs,
    Vitamin C 1000 With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 1000 mg, 250 VCaps,
    The Right C, Nature's Way, 1000 mg, 120 Tabs
    Zinc 50 mg daily. do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Important in all enzyme systems and tissue repair.
    Zinc Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 100 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
    Colloidal Silver & Zinc Lozenges, Silva Solution, 90 Lozenges,
    Zinc Lozenges W/ Echinacea & Vitamin C, Nature's Way, 23 mg, 60 Lozenges,
    Zinc (Chelated), 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 30 mg, 100 Caps
    3 mg daily. Needed to balance with zinc.
    Copper Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 50 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
    Boron 3 mg daily. Do not exceed this amount. For better calcium absorption.
    Boron Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 20 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
    OsteoBoron Bone & Joint Health, With 400 mg Green Food Concentrates, NOW Foods, 90 VCaps,
    Ionic Boron, Single Mineral, Trace Minerals, 6 mg, 2 fl. oz.,
    Boron Chelate, Nature's Way, 3 mg, 100 Caps
    Coenzyme Q-10 60 mg daily. Good for improved circulation.
    CoQ10, Vegetarian Coenzyme, NOW Foods, 30 mg, 60 VCaps,
    CoQ10, Now Foods, 400 mg, 60 Softgels
    Glucosamine Sulfate
    As directed on label.

    As directed on label.
    Important for the formation of connective tissues.
    Liquid Glucosamine / Chondroitin / MSM, Joint Support Supplement, Trace Minerals, 16 fl. oz.,
    Liquid Glucosamine / Chondroitin / MSM, Joint Support Supplement, Trace Minerals, 32 fl. oz.,
    Glucosamine Sulfate Powder, NOW Foods, 6 oz.,
    Glucosamine & MSM, High Potency, NOW Foods, 550 mg/250 mg, 60 Caps,
    Ultra Joint Health With Glucosamine & Chondroitin, 750 mg/600 mg, 30 Vials,
    N-Acetyl-Glucosamine (NAG), Allergy Research Group / Nutricology, 90 Caps
    Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) As directed on label. Has therapeutic properties. Aids in pain relief and immune function.
    Pure MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), 500 mg, 250 Caps,
    MSM Supplement, Pure Lignisul, 1000 mg, 120 Caps,
    MSM Liquid, Pure Lignisul, 16 fl. oz.,
    MSM, Pure Lignisul, With Glucosamine, 500 mg/500 mg, 120 Caps
    Multi-Vitamin & Multi-Mineral Complex As directed on label. All nutrients are needed in balance for healing and tissue repair.
    Super Multi-Vitamin & Multi-Mineral, Pure Vital Earth, 32 fl. oz. (98% Bio-Available for Absorption),
    Damage Control Master Formula, High Potency, Multi-Vitamin & Mineral, 60 Packets (30 Day Supply)
    Grape Seed Extract
    As directed on label.

    As directed on label.
    Powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
    Pycnogenol W/ Vitamin E, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 50 mg, 30 Tabs, Grape Seed (Grapeseed) (Vitus vinifera), 100% Pure, NOW Foods, 16 fl. oz.
    As directed on label. Supplies silicon, necessary for repair of connective tissues.
    CellFood Silica Liquid Drops, 4 fl. oz.,
    Original Silica Gel Supplement, Nature's Way, Vegetarian, 90 VCaps,
    Silica Complex, 8% Extract, Silica Supplement, NOW Foods, 500 mg, 90 Tabs,
    Horsetail Herb Grass, Nature's Way, 440 mg, 100 Caps
    Vitamin B Complex 100 mg of each major B Vitamin twice daily. (Amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary.) Important in cellular repair.
    Ultimate B (Vitamin B Complex), Nature's Secret, 60 Tabs,
    Vitamin B-100 Complex, w/ Coenzyme B-2, Nature's Way, 631 mg, 100 Caps
    Vitamin B-12 1,000 mcg twice daily. (If injections are needed, they must be as prescribed by a health care provider.) Needed for proper digestion and absorption of foods and the repair of nerve damage. Use a lozenge or sublingual form if injections are not available (injections are best under a health care provider's supervision).
    Vitamin B-12 Complex Liquid, NOW Foods, 2 fl. oz.,
    Vitamin B-12, Nature's Way, 2000 mcg, 100 Sublingual Lozenges,
    Vitamin B-12 Liquid Supplement, 50 mcg, With Vitamin B-9 (Folic Acid), 400 mcg, 1 oz.
    Vitamin B-12, California Natural, 1000 mcg, 60 Tabs,
    Vitamin B-12 LipoSpray, NOW Foods, 2 fl. oz.


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    Antibiotic, Natural, Support Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Use this natural antibiotic to support the immune system.
    Arthritis Formula Tincture, 2 fl. oz.

    A combination of herbal extracts used around the world for Arthritis, Gout, Lupus, Rheumatism and Tendinitis.
    Boswellia Extract (Frankincense), Standardized, Nature's Way, 307 mg, 60 Tabs

    Nature's Way Standardized Boswellia extract has been formulated to meet the dosage used in clinical studies on Boswellic Acids and their health benefits.
    CAL/MAG/ZINC, Calcium Magnesium Zinc Supplement, 90 Tablets

    This unique Calcium Magnesium Zinc Supplement formula perfectly balances calcium, magnesium, and zinc with over 70 minerals and trace elements found in ConcenTrace for maximum absorption and utilization by the body.
    Cayenne & Ginger Supplement, Nature's Way, 465 mg, 100 Caps

    Cayenne and Ginger supplement from Nature's Way is a blood warming herb that has an invigorating effect on several body systems.
    Copper Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 50 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.

    WaterOz Ionic Copper is a pure liquid Copper supplement. Copper influences protein metabolism and general healing, improves vitamin C oxidation and is integral in the formation of RNA.
    Feverfew Herb Tincture (Tanacetum Parthenium), 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Feverfew Herb is mainly used for the prevention and treatment of chronic, recurring migraine headaches.
    Ginger Root, Nature's Way, 550 mg, 180 Caps

    Ginger root is especially useful for bowel disorders including digestion, morning sickness, motion sickness and nausea.
    Glucosamine Sulfate (FlexMax), Nature's Way, 750 mg, 80 Tabs

    Numerous scientific studies show glucosamine sulfate to be highly effective. An advancement over competitive brands, FlexMax glucosamine sulfate is non-irritating to the stomach because of its proprietary StomachGuard technology that utilizes plant fibers to form a protective gel around the tablet upon entering the digestive tract.
    MSM Supplement (Methylsulfonylmethane), 1000 mg, 120 Caps, Pure Lignisul with Free 4 oz. Lotion

    Buy MSM Supplement caps and get a 4 oz. Lotion free. MSM supplement plays a beneficial role in connective tissue and joint flexibility, immune health, arthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation, pain, hair, skin, nails, athletic injuries, acne, wrinkles and allergies.
    Natural Aspirin Alternative, White Willow Bark Extract, 390 mg, 60 Tabs

    Used to treat bursitis, tendonitis, headaches, osteoarthritis, dysmenorrhea, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, toothache, and menstrual cramps, White Willow is being used by more people as a safer, natural alternative to aspirin.
    Niacinamide Non-Flushing Niacin, 100% Natural, Vitamin B-3, Nature's Way, 500 mg, 100 Caps

    The benefits of Niacin without the discomforts associated with a Niacin flush. Nature's Way Niacinamide is 100% natural.
    Pain Formula Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.

    Use the Pain Formula to alleviate pain naturally.
    Samento (Uncaria Tomentosa), Extra Strength 0.5% POA, 600 mg, 30 Caps

    This extra strength formula is said to be 100 times more effective than Cat's Claw. Samento is beneficial in the treatment of a wide range of immune system related conditions; these include but are not limited to cancer, arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, allergies, ulcers, systemic candidiasis, all forms of herpes, diabetes, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, intestinal disorders and HIV infection.
    Turmeric Extract (Curcuma Longa), Standardized To 95% Curcuminoids, Nature's Way, 500 mg, 120 Tabs

    Nature's Way standardized Turmeric extract is a technically advanced herbal extract standardized to 95% curcuminoids. This is the highest concentration of curcuminoids available.
    Ultimate B (Vitamin B Complex Formula), 60 Tabs

    Superbly formulated, Ultimate B, vitamin B Complex Formula, is a synergistic blend of herbs, superfoods, and enzymes made of 33% food ingredients for easy absorption.
    Vitamin A, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 10,000 IU, 100 Softgels

    Nature's Way vitamin A is 100% natural from fish liver oil. It contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives.
    Vitamin B-12 (Cyanocobalamin), 2000 mcg, 100 Sublingual Lozenges

    Nature's Way Sublingual Vitamin B-12 is 100% natural from cyanocobalamin concentrate.
    Vitamin C 1000 with Bioflavonoids, 100% Natural, 1000 mg, 250 VCaps

    Nature's Way Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids provides antioxidant protection for many of the body's important enzyme systems.
    Vitamin C 500 with Rosehips, 100% Natural, 500 mg, 250 VCaps

    Nature's Way Vitamin C with Rosehips offers a rich whole plant source of vitamin C and provides antioxidant protection for many of the body's important enzyme systems.
    White Willow Bark, 100% Natural, 400 mg, 100 Caps

    White Willow bark (Salix alba) was the basis for the synthesis of aspirin. It contains salicin and related compounds. It has been used for more than 2,000 years to relieve aches and pains of all sorts.
    Zinc Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 100 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.

    WaterOz Ionic Zinc is a pure liquid Zinc supplement. Zinc moves through all the fluids in the body, it creates a defense against infection-causing bacteria and viruses trying to enter the body and stops bacterial and viral replication.
    Zinc Lozenges With Echinacea & Vitamin C, Nature's Way, 23 mg, 60 Lozenges

    Nature's Way Zinc lozenge boosts cold season defense with zinc, widely recognized as an important nutritional support during the cold season, and echinacea pupurea, clinically shown to support the immune system, and Vitamin C, a vitally important vitamin for general health maintenance.

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