Vitamins Necessary For Bone Formation
Conventional Medical Treatment for Bursitis by Franchis Adam
A bursa is a sac-like membrane filled with synovial fluid that acts as a cushion between the bone and fibrous tissues of the muscles and tendons. It makes movement of joints easy by limiting friction. There are 156 bursae in the body-bursitis results when one of them becomes inflamed. It occurs most commonly in the shoulder.
Bursitis is a repetitive motion injury, meaning that it is generally associated with overuse of a given joint. Thus, any motion that is repeated many times a day-such as swinging a tennis racquet, throwing a baseball, playing an instrument, using a computer, or cutting haircan cause bursitis. On the other hand, there are cases where there seems to be no definable cause.
Signs and Symptoms
Pain and swelling in a joint
Stiffness in the affected joint
Pain with movement of joint
Conventional Medical Treatment
Bursitis can disappear within 2 weeks if the joint is given absolute rest. During this “time off,” RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) is recommended, and many sufferers wear special braces or wraps to keep the area immobilized. Aspirin can be used to keep inflammation in check. Some physicians inject cortisone into the affected joint.
In extremely severe cases, surgery may be performed to remove the inflamed bursa. Unfortunately, this results in limited motion.
Complementary and Alternative Treatments
Nutrition and Supplementation
When treating bursitis, consier the following daily supplemental gmdelmes:
vitamin A (50,000 IU for 2 weeks, then 5000 IU; do not exceed 8000 IU if you are pregnant)-aids in tissue repair and promotes immune function
vitamin C with bioflavonoids (3000 to 8000 mg in divided doses)-reduces nflammation and is essential to collagen formation
vitamin E (400 IU) a free radical scavenger
calcium (1500 mg)
magnesium (750 mg)
zinc (40 mg, not to exceed a total of 100 mg from all supplements)- important to tissue repair
copper (3 mg)-to balance the zinc
vitamin B complex (100 mg twice daily)-important to cellular repair, supplemented with vitamin B12 (as prescribed by doctor)-necessary for proper digestion, absorption of foods, and the repair of nerve damage (most effective if taken by injection; otherwise, use lozenge form)
sea cucumber (take as directed on label)-replenishes the lubricants needed for connective tissues and joints
bromelain (take as directed on label)-inflammation-fighting enzyme
hydrolyzed collagen (take as directed on label)-important for joint tissue rebuilding
glucosamine sulfate (take as directed on label)-aids in healing
(For an acute condition, take supplements until your symptoms subside. If symptoms persist, seek the advice of your health care provider. For a chronic condition, consult your healthcare provider regarding the duration of treatment.)
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