Javery Pain Institute answers several questions that are often asked by patients and those curious about different chronic pain conditions.
What is Bursitis?
A bursa is a small fluid filled sac near any joint. The bursa allow your joints to move smoothly. When the sac becomes irritated or swollen, this causes bursitis pain. Bursitis is normally an overuse syndrome. The most common bursitis issues I treat are sub acromial bursitis, which is located in the shoulder and greater trochanteric bursitis, which is located in the hip. This is a very common ailment among many people. Treatment is pretty straightforward, anti-inflammatories, ice, heat, steroid injections, and rest of the affected joint. In severe cases surgical removal of the bursa may be needed, but this is not common.
What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative Disc Disease happens when the rubbery discs between the vertebrae break down, deteriorate, and break, causing pain. This can be an age related issue but it can also be hereditary or caused after a history of trauma.
What is the treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease?
Treatment for Degenerative Disc Disease can range from conservative to invasive. On the conservative end treatment can include OT/PT, exercise, aqua therapy, weight management, diet modifications, spinal injections, and medications. On the invasive end there is spinal surgery.