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Bursitis Treatment with Cold Laser Therapy

Bursitis – a painful condition

Bursitis is the irritation or inflammation of a bursa, a fluid filled pouch providing lubrication between joints, muscles and tendons. Characterised by joint pain, redness and swelling, causes of bursitis range from traumatic injury and overuse to diseases and infections.

Traditional treatments include rest, ice, medication, physical therapies and sometimes surgery – but there is another option.

Low level laser therapy

Low level laser therapy – also known as ‘cold laser’

  • Is a medical grade, therapeutic laser – yet causes no pain during treatment
  • Is used as an effective therapy to reduce inflammation
  • Actually restores healthy tissue and reduces pain

The powerful anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects of LLLT mean it is safe and effective for those suffering from Bursitis.

LLLT works by:

  • Blocking pain via the nerves and reducing inflammation around the affected area
  • Enhancing circulation and encouraging the injured cells and tissues to repair
  • Treating the underlying problem and allowing restoration of normal function

A ground-breaking therapy for accelerating healing and relieving the pain associated with bursitis, some pain reduction can usually be felt immediately after treatment and best results are achieved with cumulative treatments.

Research indicates cold laser therapy to be at least as effective as anti-inflammatory medications, with no side effects.

If you’ve not had success with other procedures or therapies, you may be amazed that this actually helps to reduce your pain.

Benefits of low level laser therapy as a treatment for Bursitis:

  • Non-invasive
  • Clinically proven results
  • Safe to use immediately after an injury
  • Reduces the need for medication
  • Helps to restore the normal range of motion
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Treatment is painless
  • Relieves and potentially eliminates pain


What is Bursitis?

Bursitis is the irritation or inflammation of a bursa.  A bursa is a small fluid-filled pouch that is positioned between tendons and muscles in a joint to provide lubrication by creating a friction-free surface for them to slide on. The human body has more than 150 such pouches or bursae filled with a liquid with an egg-white consistency that provides a cushioning surface and reduces the friction from rubbing.

What causes Bursitis?

There are several reasons for a person to develop bursitis, ranging from diseases and infections to traumatic injury and overuse. Bursitis may be part of a more generalized inflammatory disorder or systemic disease affecting the whole body. Sometimes the cause of bursitis remains unknown. The most commonly affected joints include the hips, elbows, and shoulders, but the knees, heels, and big toes are also prone to bursitis.

Common known causes of bursitis include:

  • Overuse or frequent repetitive movement of a joint – examples include working with tools, prolonged leaning on the elbows or knees, sitting on hard surfaces and repeated overhead lifting of the arms
  • Sudden serious traumatic injury to a joint
  • Infection from puncture wounds or insect bites near a joint
  • Lack of proper stretching prior to exercise
  • Incorrect posture
  • Excessive pressure on a joint
  • Auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Inflammatory conditions such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and scleroderma
  • Immune deficiencies such as HIV infection
  • Age-related decline in the elasticity of tendons making them prone to tears
  • Leg-length discrepancy putting stress on the hip bursa
  • Diabetes and thyroid disorders
  • Unusual medication reactions

Symptoms of bursitis

The classic symptoms of inflammation in the body are redness, heat, swelling and pain.  The  symptom associated with bursitis is pain, and this can be sudden and severe or it can gradually increase in intensity. Common symptoms of bursitis include:

  • Gradually increasing joint pain
  • Sharp shooting pain with pressure or exertion
  • Swelling
  • Redness or rash
  • Fever
  • Achy or stiff joint
  • Loss of motion or painful movement

How is bursitis treated?

A few weeks of treatment can usually take care of bursitis, but recurrent flare-ups are not uncommon. The underlying principle of bursitis therapy is RICE – rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Commonly employed modalities in the treatment of bursitis include:

  • Rest or immobilization of the affected joint
  • Application of ice to reduce swelling
  • Compression and elevation to control swelling and pain
  • Over-the-counter pain-relieving medications
  • Antibiotics to treat infection
  • Corticosteroid injection to relieve inflammation and pain
  • Avoiding activities that aggravate the area
  • Protecting the joint from further trauma
  • Physical therapy to strengthen muscles, ease pain, and improve mobility
  • Assistive devices, such as a cane or walker, to relieve pressure on the affected joint
  • Surgery to drain an inflamed bursa

Low level laser therapy is an effective, drug-free, painless alternative to traditional Bursitis treatments

Used on its own or in combination with traditional treatments under the guidance of a GP, cold laser can be effective in reducing or eliminating pain.

Instant or long-lasting relief cannot be guaranteed as results vary for each patient due to age, health condition, type of injury, lifestyle and concurrent treatments, however clinical evidence and our patients’ experiences indicate low level laser to be a worthwhile and effective treatment option for bursitis

If you need relief from the pain of bursitis, low level laser therapy could be the treatment you’ve been looking for. Unlike anti-inflammatories and other medications, cold laser actually heals tissue.

We welcome you to book a session or speak to our laser team for advice.