Bursitis is inflammation of the fluid filled space, called a bursa, which overlies joints in order to reduce friction during movement. The inflammation causes increased production of synovial fluid and the bursa fills and swells. This can become infected and cause pain, but usually the swelling just causes discomfort.

If there is an infection it may need to be treated with antibiotics and need to be drained. If it’s not infected it may clear on it’s own.

The common causes of bursitis are leaning on the elbows all the time, or kneeling (giving rise to the nickname housemaid’s knee.)

Cabbage poultices are an old fashioned and very effective remedy. Take the leaf of a dark green cabbage and steam it lightly to soften it. Apply it to the affected area, holding it in place with a towel or bandage. Leave for 15 minutes and re-apply as needed.

Gentle massage with Devils Claw gel or Green Lipped Mussel Gel may help to relieve pain and inflammation.

If you suspect that there is an infection you should seek medical assistance.

Homoeopathic Remedies which may help. (Refer to the individual remedy for guidance on the one that is most appropriate for you.)

  • Arnica
  • Belladonna
  • Bryonia
  • Ferrum Phos.
  • Rhus Tox
  • Ruta Grav
  • Sulphur

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