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November 10, 2017 3 min read

What is Bursitis?

Bursitis occurs when a structure called “Bursa” gets inflamed or irritated and finding bursitis pain relief is necessary. A bursa is a small fluid-filled sack located near bones to protect nearby structures (e.g. muscles) when they rub or slide over bones.

Bursitis is a condition characterized by pain or swelling next to or around a joint, most commonly the knee, hip, elbow or shoulder joints.

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What causes Bursitis?

Irritation of the bursa occur due to many reasons. The most common causes for this painful condition include:

  • Overuse of a joint that causes repetitive minor impact on its bursa (e.g. moving a joint over and over in the same way over a short period of time)
  • Putting a joint in a position that causes pressing on the bursa for a long time (e.g. setting a join on a hard surface)
  • Sudden severe injury to the bursa (e.g. a cut in the skin nearby)
  • A normal aging process where tendons become less elastic and less capable of tolerating stress.
  • Different conditions of arthritis may be complicated with bursitis (e.g. gout or rheumatoid arthritis).
  • Spread of infection from a nearby structure (e.g. infection in joint fluid can cause infection in its nearby bursa

 At-risk jobs

People working in certain occupations or doing certain activities for long periods of time are at higher risks for developing bursitis than other occupations. Generally, long-term activities that involve repetitive motion or pressure on particular bursae increases your risk for pursuits. These activities include:

  • Carpet laying
  • Not warming up prior to exercising
  • Tile setting
  • Tennis
  • Carpentry
  • Gardening
  • Shoveling
  • Pitching
  • Painting
  • Incorrect posture at work or home
  • Playing a musical instrument.
  • Scrubbing
  • Throwing
  • Going up and down stairs
  • Skiing
  • Raking
  • Golfing


What are the symptoms of bursitis?

A patient with bursitis usually experiences pain, tenderness, or swallowing over the inflamed bursa, as well as trouble moving the joint. Other symptoms of more serious bursitis include fever and redness of the infected area.

Diagnosis of bursitis

Diagnosis of bursitis is based on presence of the characterizing symptoms and history of trauma to the bursa.

Needle-aspiration of the fluid of the infected bursa may be needed in order to determine whether antibiotics are required or not.

Imaging tests (most commonly ultrasound) may also be indicated.

Treatment of bursitis

Usually, supplements will be required for better management of bursitis, but the following tips can help you to some extent:

  • Try not to overuse the joint involved
  • Rest and protect the irritated area (e.g. wearing arm sling or using a thick heel pad)
  • Avoid triggering movements (e.g. avoid kneeling in case of knee bursitis, or lifting heavy objects in case of shoulder bursitis)
  • Application of ice and heat alternatively to the painful bursa
  • NSAIDs (e.g. ibuprofen)


To find bursitis pain relief, bursa-regenerating supplements for treating bursitis include:

  • Glucosamine: this is a precursor of joint and bursa’s fluids. It also useful for joint paint
  • Chondroitin: enhances shock absorption by collagen, reduces inflammation, improves joint function, and alleviates pain
  • MSM: decreases inflammation and pain threshold, raises immunity, and increases energy levels
  • Eucalyptus: boosts immunity and improves the healing process


You can by each supplement separately in the form of pills or creams. Some brands offer the four supplements combined in one product, such as Workvie.

You can combine the Workvie Cream with other forms of bursitis pain relief wraps and braces for Bursitis Hip Pain, Bursitis Knee Pain, Bursitis Elbow Pain, and more.

Application of Workvie Cream for Bursitis Pain Relief

Apply Workvie Work Pain Relief Cream by gently massaging the cream onto the affected area. Apply in the morning before going to work and at night before sleeping. If the pain doesn’t allow you to sit or stand apply it during the day. The cream was specifically designed to have a mild vanishing scent and to go on non-greasy for midday relief. It is better to apply during the work day than letting the pain accumulate during long work days.

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About Workvie

Workvie is a leading brand of work wellness products dedicated to helping people to work better and live better. The brand was inspired by the founder’s mom that worked with pain as a hairdresser and sought out to find a natural and effective treatment. This led to Workvie Work Pain Relief Therapy Cream and to setting out on a mission to reduce pain and inflammation for working people everywhere.

This article is not intended to replace the advice of a medical doctor. Consult with your doctor.

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