What are the Different Types of Bursitis Cures?

Autumn Rivers

Bursitis can cause discomfort in the muscles and tendons, but fortunately there are several types of treatment available. Most people can treat their case of bursitis at home, using well-known remedies like cold compresses and pain relievers. Some people prefer to use all natural bursitis cures, including certain types of tea, oils, and vitamins. Of course, there are some bursitis cures for more severe cases, including cortisone injections and drainage. These are usually administered by a doctor, and are typically considered last resort bursitis cures.

An ice pack, which can help with inflammation from bursitis.
An ice pack, which can help with inflammation from bursitis.

The majority of people with bursitis find that the usual home remedies can work well. For example, applying an ice pack to the area is usually the best way to reduce inflammation. This often reduces the swelling, allowing the bursa to revert back to its normal state so that movement of the area no longer hurts. Another way to reduce swelling is to take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, or NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen or naproxen. As a bonus, most people already have these types of bursitis cures at home, and even better is the fact they can also temporarily relieve discomfort.

Tea made of the mullein plant can be applied to an area affected with bursitis for a natural cure.
Tea made of the mullein plant can be applied to an area affected with bursitis for a natural cure.

There are some natural bursitis cures available, including teas that can be applied to the affected area. For example, mullein, chamomile, and skullcap teas all work well when put on a washcloth and then applied to the area affected by bursitis. Lobelia oil can be placed on the skin to reduce stiffness of the joints, decreasing the discomfort that often comes along with movement. Some vitamins and minerals can also be considered bursitis cures, as adding calcium, magnesium, and vitamin B12 can help reduce inflammation. Of course, adding certain foods to the diet can help cure this issue, such as leafy green vegetables, along with a drink made of honey, water, and apple cider vinegar.

Severe cases of bursitis may require treatment that only a doctor can provide. For example, some doctors recommend draining the fluid-filled sac, thus reducing all inflammation. This usually involves putting a needle into the sac, drawing out the fluid, and then possibly testing it to make sure that there is no infection present, as this might call for further treatment from the doctor. In some cases, cortisone injections are the preferred treatment, as they can quickly reduce inflammation. Most cortisone injections are put right into the sac rather than taken by mouth like they normally are, and are considered a last resort for persistent cases of bursitis.

Bursitis may affect joints that move repetitively, such as the knee.
Bursitis may affect joints that move repetitively, such as the knee.

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