How Conventional Physicians Treat Bursitis

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Filed Under: Bursitis, Bone & Joint Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Cortisone carries risks, but ultrasound can be helpful in stubborn cases

The most common conventional therapies for bursitis are cortisone injections and ultrasound therapy.

Cortisone may help the pain, but cortisone can also cause a build up of scar tissue and make it more likely that the problem will recur. Other side effects of cortisone injections include weight gain and increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and cataracts.

Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves to penetrate the skin and break up the calcium spicules so they can be carried away by the circulatory system. While I don’t typically recommend conventional treatments, ultrasound therapy is one that is safe and can be a great help in stubborn bursitis cases.

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