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bursitisBursitis is a common condition characterized by the inflammation of one or more small sacs, known as bursae, filled with synovial fluid in the body1. These bursae serve to create a smooth, gliding surface for muscles or tendons to move across bones.

Bursitis is typically caused by repetitive motions and commonly affects areas such as the knees and elbows2. When inflamed, bursitis can cause localized joint pain, stiffness, or a sharp stinging pain around the affected joint.


Comprehensive Treatment Approach:

At Queen West Physiotherapy and Acupuncture, we offer a wide range of treatments to effectively manage bursitis and alleviate symptoms. Our treatment approach includes:

Initial application of ice to reduce inflammation, followed by heat therapy to promote healing and alleviate pain

  • Therapeutic ultrasound to target deep tissue inflammation and promote circulation
  • Acupuncture, which has been found to be effective in providing pain relief by promoting circulation and reducing inflammation3
  • Massage therapy to alleviate muscle tightness and spasms
  • Laser therapy
  • Electrotherapy modalities to stimulate tissue healing and relieve pain
  • Acupuncture
  • Customized stretching and strengthening exercises tailored to improve mobility and prevent recurrence


It is important to consult with a physiotherapist if you suspect bursitis, as other underlying conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis may be present. Additionally, torn tendons or ligaments can worsen bursitis symptoms, making an accurate diagnosis crucial for effective treatment.



  1. Williams CH, Jamal Z, Sternard BT. Bursitis. [Updated 2023 Jul 24]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2024 Jan-. Available from:
  2. Reddy, S. K. (2023). The treatment of bursitis and differential diagnosis. It Medical Team10(2). https://10.36648/ipar.
  3. Zhu, J., Arsovska, B., & Nikolovska, K. (2017). Shoulder bursitis treatment with acupuncture. Imperial Journal of Interdisciplinary Research3(2), 1589–1591.