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What Are Tendonitis & Bursitis?

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UNDERSTANDING Tendonitis & Bursitis

Tendonitis and bursitis are two common conditions that involve inflammation and irritation of tendons and bursae, respectively. Tendons are strong, fibrous connective tissues that attach muscles to bones, allowing for movement and stability. Bursae, on the other hand, are small fluid-filled sacs located between tendons, muscles, and bones, acting as cushions to reduce friction and provide lubrication during movement.

Tendonitis occurs when a tendon becomes inflamed due to repetitive motions, overuse, or direct trauma. It commonly affects areas such as the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, or ankle, where tendons are subjected to repeated stress and strain. Bursitis, on the other hand, is the inflammation of a bursa, which can occur as a result of repetitive motions, prolonged pressure, or underlying conditions such as arthritis. Bursitis is commonly found in areas where bursae are located, such as the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, or heel.


If you are experiencing tendonitis or bursitis, you may encounter one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Localized pain, tenderness, or discomfort near the affected tendon or bursa
  • Swelling, redness, or warmth around the inflamed area
  • Stiffness or limited range of motion in the nearby joint
  • Pain that worsens with movement or activity and improves with rest


Acupuncture can be an effective complementary therapy for managing tendonitis and bursitis, promoting pain relief, reducing inflammation, and supporting the body’s natural healing processes. By targeting specific acupuncture points, it aims to restore balance, improve blood circulation, and enhance overall well-being. Benefits of acupuncture for tendonitis and bursitis include:

Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, natural pain-relieving substances in the body, helping to alleviate pain associated with tendonitis and bursitis.

Acupuncture has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation in the affected tendons or bursae.

Acupuncture promotes blood flow to the injured or inflamed area, facilitating the delivery of nutrients and oxygen, and supporting the healing process.

Acupuncture can help relax muscles surrounding the affected area, reducing tension and relieving stress on tendons and bursae.