Tendonitis & Bursitis

Tendinitis & Bursitis Acupuncture Treatment

Looking for alternative treatment for pain due to tendonitis or bursitis? Acupuncture can help! Acupuncture provides effective relief for joint pain. Here you’ll find solutions to common tendon problems such as tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow. Bursitis of the hip and knee respond well to acupuncture treatment.

Tendonitis vs. Bursitis

Tendonitis and bursitis are inflammatory conditions of the joints that cause pain and sometimes swelling. Bursitis and tendinitis are closely related conditions but are not the same.


Tendons are the soft tissue structures that connect your muscles to your bones.  Tendinitis is inflammation of a tendon. Tenosynovitis is inflammation of the tendon sheath which covers the outside of the tendon.


Bursa are located near major joints  between bone, muscle, and tendons. They are slippery fluid filled sacs that provide glide to prevent friction between the tendons, muscles, and bones. Bursitis is inflammation of a the bursa sac that cushions the tendons. Not all tendons have a bursa – just the tendons at joints with bony prominences such as the shoulder, hip, and knee cap.

Is it Tendinitis or Bursitis?

Tendinitis and bursitis are known by many names depending on the body part affected. Achilles tendinitis affects the tendon of the heel, causing heel pain. Tennis elbow and golfers elbow are types of tendinitis of the  elbow joint. Trochanteric bursitis is inflammation of the bursa of the hip joint often referred to as bursitis of the hip.

Since tendons and bursa exist in such close proximity, tendinitis and bursitis can occur simultaneously. For example, many  people are diagnosed with shoulder bursitis and rotator cuff tendonitis which means they have shoulder pain due to an inflamed tendon coupled with an inflamed bursa.

Tendinitis and Bursitis Causes

Tendonitis and bursitis are due to overuse in the majority of cases. Sports activities involving the affected joints such as tennis which can cause tennis elbow or repetitive movements at work such as using a computer can cause tendonitis and bursitis. Sometimes bursitis and tendonitis are due to impact injuries or strains from extreme muscle pulls.  In the elderly, they are due to loss of elasticity of the soft tissue in and around the joints, or prolonged pressure due to sedentary lifestyle.

Tendinitis and Bursitis Treatment

Treatment begins with relieving inflammation. In conjunction with acupuncture treatments, the following basic steps should be taken:

Rest and Protect the Joint

Activities that are irritating to the joint must be modified or eliminated. This may mean taking a break from a favorite activity for a period of time. Rest is a necessary step to allow the inflammation to subside.

Apply an Ice Pack

Icing will help control the inflammation and decrease swelling and scar tissue formation.

Take Anti-Inflammatory Medications 

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) can help reduce inflammation and ease pain. Use anti-inflammatory medications under the direction of your physician.

Cortisone Injections

If the symptoms of tendonitis or bursitis are persistent, your doctor may recommend an injection of cortisone.  Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication that must be used sparingly. Acupuncture often eliminates the need for cortisone shots and should be considered as a preliminary treatment.

How Does Acupuncture Work for Tendonitis

Tendonitis and bursitis can impact daily activities.  Many people find they can no longer do the activities they once enjoyed. For some, pain from bursitis or tendinitis interferes with daily activities such as climbing stairs. Bursitis pain can become so severe that rolling over in bed is painful enough to wake them up.

Acupuncture provides pain relief for even the most stubborn bursitis and tendinitis pain. A typical treatment  schedule for joint pain is similar in frequency to physical therapy with frequent visits early on, then tapering to less frequency as symptoms improve.

The sooner you get treated, the less acupuncture treatments you will need. So don’t delay, call for an appointment today and get back to doing the things you love!

Tendonitis & Bursitis Research Studies

Four Ways to Use Acupuncture for Tendonitis

Tendonitis – most commonly called ‘tennis elbow’ or ‘golfer’s elbow’ is a tricky condition caused by overdoing favorite activities involving the tendons of the elbow. Tendonitis is quite difficult to resolve without giving up the very things that caused the condition in the first place. However, tendonitis is treatable using acupuncture. This article discusses 4 special acupuncture techniques that help people heal faster from tendonitis.

Acupuncture Shown to Improve Tendonitis

“Acupuncture treatment has shown considerable promise for the treatment of tendonitis” according to a review on alternative treatments for tendonitis posted on  NYU Langone Medical Center’s website. Read more about some of the studies reviewed to find out how acupuncture may help you with your tendonitis symptoms.

Patient Reviews for Tendonitis & Bursitis

“After I had exhausted all avenues to relieve the extreme pain in my hip a girlfriend of mine suggested acupuncture.  I met with Margaret and after she evaluated my situation she told me she would be able to help me.  After a couple treatments I was already pain free. I suffered about a year with the pain in my hip….taking medication every day just to function.  I actually had lost all my muscle tone in my thigh because I had been favoring the leg for so long.  We are now working on building the muscle back with exercises that she has suggested and getting my range of motion and flexibility back with additional acupuncture treatments. I can’t thank Margaret enough for helping me…..she gave me my life back!!!!”