Difference Between Bursitis and Arthritis

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  • Bursitis and arthritis can be difficult to differentiate. The difference between bursitis and arthritis is that bursitis  is the inflammation or irritation of the bursa surrounding joints. While arthritis is joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints.
Bursitis Types, Causes And Treatments
  • The various types of bursitis are Subacromial bursitis, trochanteric bursitis, Ischial bursitis, Olecranon bursitis, Achilles bursitis, Prepatellar bursitis, Pes anserinus bursitis and Infrapatellar Bursitis.

  • Subacromial bursitis Subacromial bursitis is also called as shoulder bursitis. It is caused due to the inflammation of the subacromial bursa present in the shoulder joint. This bursa is present in the rotator cuff joint that separates one of the tendons of the rotator cuff from the ligament present in this joint. You may have difficulty in moving your shoulders if you suffer from this type of bursitis. Greater Trochanteric pain syndrome Greater trochanteric pain syndrome is also called as trochanteric bursitis. Inflammation caused in the trochanteric bursa is called as trochanteric bursitis. Trochanteric bursa is one of the four bursae that is present in the hip joint located adjacent to the femur. Ischial bursitis Ischial bursitis is also called as ischiogluteal...
  • Two major types of bursitis exist in the hip: trochanteric bursitis and the iliopsoas bursitis. Trochanteric bursitis causes pain on the outer portion of the hip, and may be confirmed by pain-numbing injection given by a physician. Iliopsoas bursitis typically causes pain in the front of the hip around the groin.
  • What causes Bursitis?

    The bursa is what cushions the tendon and thereby helps prevent friction between the tendon and the bone. Constant rubbing of the tendon over the bone with high amounts of repetitive arm, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle motion can lead to friction of the bursa itself and this causes the inflammation and irritation of the bursa called bursitis.


    Diagram of bursitis located in...

  • Drug reactions and sudden injury are some causes of Bursitis.

  • Causes of Bursitis

    Trauma, infections, allergies, or toxic accumulation are the usual causes. Gradual development from repetitive motion occupations can lead to chronic bursitis. Reducing coffee drinking curiously reduces bursitis of the shoulder. Acute bursitis can result from prescription drug reactions or sudden injury to the area. Sometimes bursitis results from gout, arthritis, or an infection.

  • Treatment

    What can be done for olecranon bursitis?

    Nonsurgical Treatment

    Olecranon bursitis that is caused by an injury will usually go away on its own. The body will absorb the blood in the bursa over several weeks, and the bursa should return to normal. If swelling in the bursa is causing a slow recovery, a needle may be inserted to drain the blood and speed up the process. There is a slight risk of infection in putting a needle into the bursa.

    Animation of draining the bursa

    Chronic olecranon bursitis is sometimes a real nuisance. The...

  • Treatment of bursitis usually does not involve surgery and can include compressive dressings and ice, changing ones activity to avoid/lessen the offending stimulus, aspiration and culture to determine presence/absence of infection - primarily in the knee and elbow.  Those determined free of infection may occasionally be candidates for a corticosteroid injection.  That said, if steroids are administered to one that's infected matters can be made much worse!  NSAIDS and antibiotics will commonly be part of the plan.
  • Treatment includes avoiding any movement that can be irritating and sleeping area, apply ice packs if necessary. In addition, the chemical form of treatment is often prescribed, but treatment is better and more natural there. This is a version of homeopathy, which uses natural herbs to improve the painful symptoms. Because it is a natural method, no serious side effects and the result is more satisfactory.

    Herbs are not only alleviate symptoms without addressing the underlying problems, as often happens with other treatments. Can also be used to treat certain types...

Arthritis Types, Causes And Treatments
  • Two major types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

  • WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF arthritis?

    Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis , Juvenile arthritis (all types of arthritis that occur in children), gout / uric acid, ankylosing spondylitis (chronic inflammation of the spine, usually in men aged 16-35 years, but could also attacked the woman), systemic lupus erythematosus (an autoimmune disease that can attack other than the skin, kidneys, blood vessels, nervous system, heart and other organs, also can attack the...

  • Rheumatoid arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common serious inflammatory form of arthritis. It affects roughly 1 per cent of the population and is the prototypical autoimmune form of arthritis. Because it may do most of its damage in the first year, early diagnosis and aggressive therapy is critical. Left untreated RA may shorten life expectancy by as much as 18 years!

    Psoriatic arthritis Psoriatic arthritis is a potentially serious inflammatory form of arthritis that is often found in association with psoriasis. Because it may begin and progress insidiously, it can cause serious problems. Early diagnosis and aggressive...

  • Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own cells and tissues, causing the joints to swell up and impeding movement and function. It’s not currently known what causes Rheumatoid arthritis, but there seems to be both a genetic aspect that makes one more susceptible to the disease as well as possible environmental factors.

  • Information on Causes for Arthritis

    Determining the causes for arthritis can be difficult, because several factors contribute to an individual developing this problem.

    Genetic variations in body and hereditary factors can result in arthritis.  As age grows, cartilage becomes more brittle and lessens the capacity to repair itself resulting in symptoms of arthritis.

    Joint damage is usually dependent on the weight load it has to support. Excess of body weight can quickly lead to arthritis. People working in heavy...

  • Causes of arthritis

    A joint where one bone is joined to another bone that joint is hold with the ligaments. These ligaments are elastic bands they keep bones at their place and the muscles contact and relax to make the joint move freely.

    The cartilage allows the two bones not to rub with each other while moving. The covering of the cartilage helps the joint to move smoothly and painlessly. There is a capsule that surrounds the joint. There is fluid in the joint known as synovial joint. This fluid is beneficial for beneficial for bones.

    If an...

  • Causes & Risk Factors

    There is no known cause for rheumatoid arthritis. The condition is more common among women than men, and people of any age are susceptible.

    The disease is an autoimmune disorder, which means that the body attacks itself. Normally, the body recognizes its protein antibodies and attacks foreign antibodies from a viral or bacterial infection. Autoimmune conditions cause the body to attack its own antibodies.

    Other illnesses, genetic factors, or hormonal changes may trigger or...

  • Arthritis Treatment

    Arthritis treatment will depend on what joint was affected, what kind of arthritis it is, and the medical history of the patient. As such, there is no tried-and-true formula to treat the condition; instead, each program is devised to fit the unique needs of each patient. However, the goal of all kinds of arthritis treatment is to reduce the pain and inflammation, as well as to prevent lasting damage to the affected joint. Most of the time, treatment is not necessary for mild cases. However, even those that have little or no symptoms may still need to be attended to if the symptoms persist.

  • Effective Home Remedies of Arthritis

    Some effective arthritis natural treatment can prove very useful and give positive results.

    Lemon: Take two teaspoons of lemon juice and mix it with one tablespoon of honey. Mix then in a cup of warm water. Consuming this mixture twice a day is a very beneficial arthritis natural remedy.
    White Goose foot: Two teaspoons of...
  • Treatment of arthritis

    Treatment of arthritis consists of physical therapy, medications.

    Physical therapy Physical therapy is helpful to maintain the flexibility of the bones. There are many types of physical therapies. The type of physical therapy given to a patient depends on the type of arthritis an individual has. Different exercises are given to the patient that stabilize weaken joints. Exercise is an important part of arthritis therapy.

    Medication for arthritis NSAIDs, COX-2 inhibitors, Salicylates, Glucocorticoids, Anti Malarials,...

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