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Care for Bursitis at Vitality Semaphore

woman sitting on couch holding elbow in painBursitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the small sacs filled with fluid, known as bursae, resulting in pain and movement limitations. These sacs normally cushion and lubricate the joints, but inflammation can lead to discomfort and restricted mobility. While medical interventions such as medications and physiotherapy are commonly suggested, exercise physiologists play a crucial role in managing bursitis symptoms and gradually transitioning to functional movements to aid in the recovery process.

What is Bursitis?

Before delving into the role of exercise physiologists, it’s important to grasp the nature of bursitis. This condition often arises from repetitive motion or joint overuse, causing irritation and inflammation of the bursae. Common sites for bursitis include the shoulder, hip, knee, and elbow.

How Can Exercise Physiologists Help?

Range of Motion Enhancement

Bursitis can lead to stiffness and reduced range of motion in the affected joint. Exercise physiologists can integrate targeted stretching and range of motion exercises to improve flexibility and joint mobility, crucial in preventing further bursa irritation.

Customized Exercise Plans

Exercise physiologists are adept at designing personalized exercise programs tailored to specific needs and limitations. For bursitis, they develop routines focusing on strengthening the muscles surrounding the affected joint, thereby enhancing joint stability and reducing the load on the bursa.

Gradual Progression

Effective bursitis management requires a careful balance between challenging the affected joint and avoiding excessive strain. Exercise physiologists can implement a gradual progression plan, ensuring individuals build strength and endurance at a pace conducive to healing without causing harm.

Functional Movement Training

Bursitis often impacts daily activities. Exercise physiologists can employ functional movement training to enhance the performance of specific tasks without exacerbating symptoms. This may involve modifications to movement patterns and biomechanics to reduce stress on the affected joint.

Recurrence Prevention

Exercise physiologists also play a vital role in educating individuals on proper movement patterns and techniques, addressing the root causes of bursitis to reduce the risk of recurrence and empowering individuals to take an active role in their long-term joint health.

Learn More Today

If you’re dealing with bursitis, we’d love to help you understand your options for natural relief. Book a visit with our team today to learn more.


Care for Bursitis Semaphore, Port Adelaide, West Lakes, Largs Bay SA | (08) 8242 1581