You may be perfectly fit and fine on one day leading a healthy life and suddenly the next day you have pain in the knees. Reason? Not known? Cause? Unidentified? May be arthritis? It’s most probably bursitis.
The human body contains 150 Bursae or sacs filled with fluid, for every joint in the body. Their main function is to protect the muscles, ligaments, tissues, tendons around and under every joint. There may be more than one Bursa surrounding a joint. Another function of a bursa is to reduce the friction between tendon and the bones and helps in easy movement therapy. In slang language, it’s also called baker’s cyst or clergyman’s knees.
Bursitis is a condition in which inflammation and resultant pain occur in these Bursae for some reason or the other. It is mainly related to organs like shoulders, knees, hips, elbow and ankles. The reason being the maximum use of these joints for movement. Bursitis may happen to anyone irrespective of age and sex. Yet it’s more common among people with high levels of physical activities like sports person, athletes; etc. It must be attended to as soon as one experiences unrecognized pain in some joint or it can complicate matters.
Bursitis may be commonly mistaken for arthritis because of some similar symptoms. One must consult a doctor for exact diagnosis and care.
Main Bursitis symptoms:
- Pain and stiffness in the affected area
- Difficulty in moving the particular joint where the bursa is inflamed
- Swelling and/or redness
- Burning sensation
Although the exact reasons are yet not validated for this condition, but some assumptions are there. Stress and overuse of a particular joint, extreme exertion to a particular muscle group, improper posture and unsupervised sports activity or exercise and infections.
Bursitis Home Remedies Natural Cures
- The best way is to give rest to the affected joint. This doesn’t mean cease all the movement; it’s just that one must keep minimal movement for that joint.
- Take an orange and pineapple juice respectively twice a day. The enzymes and vitamins reduce inflammation and provide faster relief.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with half tablespoon honey and add a cup of water to it. Drink this mixture twice a day for faster relief.
- Applying Lobelia oil to the affected joint and gently massaging the area helps a great deal.
- Soak a piece of cloth in mullein tea and apply on the affected area.
- Use ice pack covered with a towel on the affected region to reduce the swelling. Once the swelling reduces, change to hot compress to drain out the extra fluid.
- Grate two teaspoons of potato and soak it in a cup of water for the entire night. Drink this water in the morning before eating or drinking anything. Repeat for a week.
- Concentrate on vitB12, calcium and magnesium. They aid in faster relief and reducing the swelling.
- Rubbing some olive oil mixed with sandalwood powder on the affected region. One may mix coconut oil and turmeric also for quick pain relief.
- Gentle yoga stretching helps in easy and quicker movement.
- Add some strength training to your daily exercise for prevention from bursitis.
Consuming more of fruits like avocados and bananas is always helpful to heal faster.