Volume 2 - Issue 7
Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center
Tendonitis and Bursitis: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment
By J.R. Rogers
Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendons, the fibrous muscles that connect muscles to bones (tennis elbow would be a classic example). A calcium deposit often accompanies tendonitis, causing inflammation. Bursitis is the inflammation of the fibrous sac that cushions the tendons.
A bursa is a small pocket of connective tissue that is located adjacent to the joint, which assists in the movement of muscles and tendons over bony surfaces. Bursitis develops when there is inflammation of the bursa and the result is tenderness, pain, stiffness and limited mobility. In many cases, swelling and redness will appear.
Bursitis visits your body in two different ways; acute episodes (short-term) and chronic (long-term). Occasionally, physicians will refer to Bursitis as Tendonitis and inflammation worsens.
Osteoarthritis and the Connection
If the diagnosis is unclear, the area can be numbed with an anesthetic. If this relieves the pain temporarily, it is usually bursitis.
Treating Tendonitis & Bursitis
Generally, a good quality liquid glucosamine product will be a very effective treatment for Tendonitis or Bursitis. However, it is important to understand that most episodes of Tendonitis or Bursitis are caused by trauma or repetitive activities. The best treatment plan is to rest the area and avoid the repetitive activities that triggered the onset.
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Understanding & Dealing with Arthritis Pain
By J.R. Rogers
The first thing that one needs to learn when dealing with arthritis pain is to be able to manage it. Whether your pain is excruciating or merely a minor bother, it is not fun.
Even though there are several ways to describe the pain, there are generally two kinds of pain: "acute" which would have a sudden onset and vanish within a few minutes and "chronic" the most painful and longest lasting. Whereas acute pain serves a purpose (protecting body from danger, alerting yourself to things like nails, fire, etc.) chronic pain is a benefit-less nuisance.
When this pain is from arthritis it is often caused by inflammation, a localized protective reaction of tissue to irritation, injury, or infection characterized by pain, redness, swelling, and sometimes loss of function.
A damaged joint can also cause pain through crepitation; the rubbing together of bone fragments that cause crackling or popping sounds.
Pain can also come from muscle tension, strained muscles, and fatigue. The tension from affected muscles can cause undue stress on other muscles that are trying to compensate for the afflicted ones. This is dubbed as "strained supporting tissues". In time, both the strained muscle structures, and those trying to compensate for them, can tire and cause "fatigue", often exacerbating the pain.
Methods that you can do in your home to bring relief without the use of drugs would include some or all of the following:
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