Bursitis and tendinitis are similar conditions. They both can cause discomfort and pain, and make it difficult for you to perform certain activities. Bursitis and tendinitis also tend to become worse as you age. Many people mistakenly choose to “wait and see” if these conditions improve, but they do not tend to improve without some form of intervention.
If you suspect that you or someone you know may have this condition, contact Arthritis & Osteoporosis Clinic today. We can offer you medical advice, evaluate your symptoms, and help you explore treatment options.
The Difference Between Bursitis and Tendinitis
Bursitis and tendinitis describe conditions that cause inflammation within the tissue that connects structures like bones and muscles together. These conditions differ in tissues of the body are affected.
Bursitis mostly occurs in the bursae, small sacs filled with fluid. Bursae help to protect the bones and joints from shock and wear-related damage. These sacs may become inflamed while performing their normal functions, and causes bursitis.
Tendinitis affects the tendons, or tissues that connect muscles and bone. Tendons may become torn from use, or damaged due to a decreased flexibility that comes naturally with age.
Bursitis and tendinitis can both develop in multiple areas of the body, but they tend to develop most commonly in the knees, fingers, shoulders and feet. If these conditions are allowed to persist, they will generally become worse.
What Causes Bursitis and Tendinitis?
There are many factors that can cause bursitis and tendinitis to develop. Acute trauma can occur as a result of damage and the repair process. Older individuals may acquire these conditions due to changes in the body. Tissues tend to become less flexible with age, meaning that bursitis and tendinitis may present themselves as the result of everyday activities. Bursitis is unique in that conditions like obesity and endocrine complications tend to promote it.
Individuals face an increased risk of developing bursitis and tendinitis if they are
- Over the age of 40
- Tend to partake in repetitious exercises or work
- Are overweight or inactive
- Have problems affecting the kidneys or liver
- Show symptoms associated with other conditions like gout or arthritis
Managing Bursitis and Tendinitis
Both conditions are treatable, but treatment tends to be more effective if you seek it early. Conditions like bursitis and tendinitis tend to involve damage that will progressively worsen while creating scar tissue.
The first steps to treating bursitis and tendinitis is to undergo physical therapy. This will help your body’s natural repair processes reduce the severity of these conditions. The next step is to undergo lifestyle changes. These may include alterations in your diet, seeking more physical activity, or focusing on stress reduction. If these measures do not improve your condition, you may have to undergo surgical intervention. It is worth noting that surgery cannot cure the causes of these conditions. It can only aid in treating the symptoms, it’s essential to take every step in recovering from bursitis and tendinitis.
If you are having difficulty managing your condition or have questions about treatment options, contact us today. Our trained doctors can provide a customized treatment plan to meet your needs, or point you in the direction of someone that can.