Fort Lauderdale Bursitis Treatment

If you know or suspect that you suffer from bursitis, there are several types of treatments available to you. One is chiropractic care, which can provide relief and allow you to resume a normal life without taking strong medications or undergoing surgery.

Our caring, qualified team at Specific Care Chiropractic is happy to offer Fort Lauderdale bursitis treatment. Call us at (239) 369-9109 to make your first appointment today. Our entire team is dedicated to helping our patients live better, pain-free lives.

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Understanding Bursitis

To understand bursitis, you must first know what a bursa is. Bursae, according to the Mayo Clinic, are “fluid-filled sacs” that keep the parts of your joints—bones, tendons, and so on—from rubbing against one another. You have bursae throughout your body, including in your:

  • Shoulders
  • Hips
  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Feet

Bursitis develops when one or more bursae become swollen or inflamed. Symptoms, which include pain and stiffness, may be mild or manageable at first.

However, it’s best to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent more debilitating symptoms from developing, including extreme pain and complete inability to use the affected area. The sooner you start treatment, the better your results may be.

As the Mayo Clinic states, you could develop problems with any of your bursae, but bursitis is most common in the shoulders, hips, and elbows. Risk factors include:

  • Repeated stress on the joint
  • Age
  • Being overweight
  • The presence of other conditions, such as diabetes or arthritis

How We Treat Bursitis

The first step in your Fort Lauderdale bursitis treatment plan is to confirm you have bursitis. Sometimes, different conditions have similar symptoms, so it’s important to identify the true cause of your discomfort before we get started.

Here is how we confirm your diagnosis:

  • Schedule an appointment with you for the earliest opportunity
  • Talk to you about your medical history, including how long you‘ve been in pain, what the pain feels like, or when you feel best versus when you feel the most pain, etc.
  • Order medical tests (e.g., an x-ray) as necessary to look inside your body and see for ourselves what is causing your pain

Once we review all the data and confirm you have bursitis (or another condition), we can make another appointment with you to:

  • Talk to you about our conclusions
  • Explain your treatment options, including what they entail, how long they take, and what the likely results will be
  • Answer any questions you may have about the diagnosis or treatment options
  • Provide your first treatment right away

There may be one or more additional appointments after this, depending on your needs. We can work with you as long as it takes for you to reach maximum medical improvement (MMI), or the point where the treatment stops improving your quality of life.

Mature man with shoulder pain getting Fort Lauderdale bursitis treatment

What Bursitis Treatments Are Available?

At Specific Care Chiropractic, we offer a variety of treatments for musculoskeletal problems of all kinds, including bursitis. We personalize each patient’s treatment regimen so it:

  • Targets their needs
  • Takes into account their general health and other medical conditions
  • Fits each client’s preferences and circumstances

Our treatment plan can provide greater, longer-lasting relief than at-home remedies like ice packs and elevating the affected area. We can even prevent scar tissue from forming on the bursae, which would permanently decrease your range of motion and make it harder for you to do the things you need to do.

Some of the bursitis treatments we offer include:

Chiropractic Manipulation

Though normally associated with the spine, manipulation can also be applied to the extremities (i.e., the arms and legs). If your bursitis affects your shoulder, hip, knee, or elbow, we can move that joint in certain ways to realign the bones and relieve pain.


As mentioned previously, one potential cause of bursitis is repetitive movements. Even if that was not what initially caused the condition to develop, putting strain on the affected body part could make things worse.

One of our physiotherapists can teach you exercises and stretches designed to strengthen the affected area and promote healing. These stretches could also help prevent bursitis from recurring in the future.

Ultrasound Therapy

Ultrasound therapy is a safe, non-invasive, low-risk procedure that has long been used for musculoskeletal issues. It works by sending ultrasound waves into the affected tissue. This can make the tissue healthier and encourage faster healing—all without having to cut into your skin.

How Much Does Bursitis Treatment Cost?

The cost of treatment depends on how many different types of treatments you need and how long you have to continue them for. For example, a single appointment with a physiotherapist will cost less than multiple appointments combined with ultrasound therapy.

Your health insurance will likely cover at least part of the cost of treatment. If you do not have insurance, we can work with you to create a payment plan that fits your needs. We always discuss payment and payment options with clients once we know what types of treatment we want to pursue.

Getting Compensation From Someone Else

If you have reason to believe that your bursitis is work-related—for example, if you spend hours a day lifting heavy objects—you could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation, according to the Office of Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, generally includes:

  • Partial reimbursement for lost income
  • Temporary or permanent disability
  • Medical costs of treating the injury

If you are applying for workers’ compensation, we can help you (or your lawyer) do so by providing important medical records and documentation.

Call Today for Bursitis Treatment in Fort Lauderdale

Specific Care Chiropractic provides treatment for bursitis, back pain, neck pain, and many other conditions. Call us at (239) 369-9109 to make an appointment with one of our doctors. We welcome patients from Fort Lauderdale and throughout South Florida.