Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa or bursae, which are fluid-filled sacs that provide cushioning around the joints. Bursitis causes pain, stiffness, swelling, or redness around the affected area. It is usually caused by overuse of a joint, though in some cases osteoarthritis, infection, or gout may be involved. Depending on the cause, typical treatment recommendations may include rest, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), cold therapy, or antibiotics in the case of infection. You may also be given physical therapy, strength training, and/or corticosteroids, with surgery in serious cases.

How the Gokhale Method can help

If the joints are in poor alignment, the bursae are more likely to become inflamed or irritated. You can help prevent and heal bursitis by learning proper alignment of the body, especially in the shoulders, knees and hips.

Where can I learn more?

Shoulder health is covered in Session 1 of the Gokhale Method Foundations course, and in Lesson 1, “Stretchsitting,” in the book: 8 Steps to a Pain Free Back.

Knee health is covered in Sessions 1, 3, 5 and 6 of the course, and in Lessons 6 and 7 of the book.

Hip health is covered in Sessions 3, 4 and 5 of the course, and in Lessons 6, 7, and 8 of the book.


* Information provided is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for medical advice from a healthcare professional.

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