Bursitis is the Inflammation of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) that lies between a tendon and skin, or between a tendon and bone.   They assist movement and reduce friction between moving parts of the body.  Tendonitis is the inflammation of tendon attachments of muscle which play an important role in mobility of the body especially in the arms and legs.  Tendonitis presents when the motion of a muscle tendon becomes aggravated or impaired, thus becoming inflamed and causing pain.

Bursitis and tendonitis can be caused by chronic overuse, trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or infection.  Sometimes the cause cannot be determined.  Both commonly occur in the shoulder, knee, elbow, and hip.  The terms ‘bursitis’ and ‘tendonitis’ literally translate to ‘inflammation of the bursa’ and ‘inflammation of the tendon’ (‘itis’ refers to inflammation).

Sports injuries and injuries of overuse are the main causative factors, mostly due to the repetitive nature of some athletic and work activities. Office workers may experience this irritation in the wrist from typing or in the shoulder due to chronic movement. In some cases, beginning a new activity or physical exercise may irritate and inflame the tendon. The tendons also lose elasticity with age; those over forty are more susceptible to this condition as well.


Pain and restricted movement are typical characteristics of Bursitis and Tendonitis. Those affected by either condition will find it difficult to move the afflicted body party. This can devastate attempts to participate in athletic activities, work, and may restrict everyday activities.  Patients might also experience visible swelling; a burning sensation; pain when the tendon is under pressure (such as during weight lifting); and pain when the area is touched or moved.


Chiropractic uses spinal adjustments to achieve a reduction in the inflammation and pain associated with Bursitis and Tendonitis. Tendonitis is a disorder of inflammation, so it makes sense for patients to seek out healthcare modalities aimed at reducing inflammation.

Long-term, low grade inflammation is not only painful, but also carries serious risks for the overall health of the body. By realigning the spine, chiropractic addresses inflammation for better health and less pain. Spinal adjustment can also increase the motion in the joints for restored mobility. By applying a controlled force to restricted (or, hypo-mobile) joints, movement can be resumed. When normal movement occurs, pain and inflammation can be reduced.

Our office utilizes chiropractic care in addition to physical therapy, ice, and/or acupuncture for pain relief and healing.