Friday, February 22, 2013

Active650 and Bursitis

What is a Bursa or Bursitis?

‘Bursa’ is Latin for ‘purse’, and describes the small fluid filled sacs found in joints. The fluid in a bursa is called synovial fluid and resembles a raw egg white in both appearance and consistency. Whilst bursae are found in most major joints in the body, when they are associated with pain it is normally in the knee, elbow, hip and shoulder.

The Role of a Bursa

The bursae are found in regions of the joints where muscles and tendons rub against other muscles, tendons and bones, and around bony prominences.
The role of the bursa is twofold:
  • Lubrication – The viscous fluid in the sac helps to prevent friction as the joint moves.
  • Shock absorption – Forces in the joint are dissipated through the fluid medium.


Elbow Bursitis illustrating Swollen Elbow Joint Bursitis is commonly caused by repetitive movement and excessive pressure causing an over production of synovial fluid and a swelling of the bursa. This can be the result of acute trauma or a chronic build up over time. Sometimes an infection can be responsible for bursitis.
Knee Bursitis illustrating Swollen Knee Joint Pain, which can range from a sharp localised pain to a dull ache around the bursa, is usually worse during and after activity and the joint often feels stiff and immobile the following day. The swelling is usually sore to touch.
Common terms for various types of bursitis are:
  • Carpet fitter’s knee – inflammation of the bursa at the front of the kneecap.
  • Clergyman’s knee – inflammation of the bursa just below the kneecap.
  • Student’s elbow – inflammation of the bursa around the bony prominence of the elbow.


Treatment and Care for Elbow Bursitis or Tennis Elbow Immediate treatment for bursitis should involve rest, ice and elevation. Manual therapies such as Physiotherapy and massage have been shown to be helpful in reducing the swelling.

Painkillers and anti-inflammatories may help to manage the symptoms. In extreme cases the inflamed bursa can be manually drained by a specialist, a process called aspiration.

How does an Active650 support help?

We advise not to use any compression if the swelling is at it's maximum, once the symptoms are under control it is important to protect the joint from further aggravation and an unwanted return of the symptoms.

Treatment and Care of Knee Bursitis and Knee Joint Pain Knees and elbows can be protected from the forces that cause bursitis by wearing a form-fitted Active650.

Whether for people whose professions require a lot of kneeling, repetitive movements or athletes competing in sports where the joints can be exposed to knocks and impact, an Active650 support will provide protection that is comfortable to wear all day no matter how you move.

By lessening the external impact and reducing the internal stresses and loads on the joint an Active650 support gives you total protection. The superior elasticity of an Active650 support will ensure maximum comfort without being restrictive or needing constant adjustment.

Every Muscle, Every Body

Ben Scott, BSc (hons)
Anatomical Sciences

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