11 Effective Home Remedies To Get Rid of Bursitis


Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursae which is as a result of repeated bruises, overuse and pressure.

Bursitis can affect any joint and the commonly affected joints include elbows, ankle, heel, shoulder, hip, and the base of the big toe.

In some few cases, bursitis can occur without any good reason. Bursitis can affect any age group. The symptoms are usually severe but it can go into remission.

Bursitis has several symptoms. Some of bursitis symptoms include:

  • Pain that is accompanied by dull aches and stiffness.
  • Worsening of pain during movement.
  • A warm feeling in the affected area.

If you suffer from bursitis take it easy, bursitis is manageable. Infect there are several home treatments that can help you manage the condition. These remedies are quite affordable compared to the medication from healthcare providers.

Some of these effective remedies for Bursitis include:

#1 Resting the Body Part that Hurts

Resting helps the general body to heal itself. Resting the affected areas can help reduce the pain. You can avoid engaging yourself in a lot of activities.

In case of you have been experiencing the pain after a certain activity you can avoid that kind of activity for a certain period of time.

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#2 Hot and Cold Compresses

Hot compresses help in improving circulation of blood in the affected areas and this helps in the healing process.

#3 Warm Compresses

can be done using a piece of cloth that has been put in warm water and then compressed gently in the affected area. Ensure the water is not too hot as this can result in burns. Cold compresses help in reducing inflammation. Cold compresses help in reducing inflammation. The compresses usually decrease the flow of blood to the affected area.

In cold compression ice packs can be used alternatively cold pack of vegetables can also be used. You can apply the ice packs on the affected area for about 20 minutes three or four times in a day.

Avoid putting ice directly to the affected area instead wrap the ice on a piece of cloth so as to avoid ice burns.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet

#4 Have Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Anti-inflammatory diets help in reducing inflammations caused by bursitis. Some of these foods include fatty fish, whole grains, dark leafy green vegetables, nut, soy, low-fat dairy, pepper, tomatoes, and beets.

#5 Have Acid Forming Foods to Remove Calcium Deposits

Bursitis pain is commonly caused by deposits of calcium. The calcium deposits can be removed naturally by consuming acid forming food.

Acid forming foods alters the body Ph level leading to high acidity. High acidity in the body causes less draining of calcium from the bones resulting in strong bones. Using apple cider vinegar can be helpful.

#6 Castor Oil

Castor oil has many healing components. You can use the castor oil at home by placing the castor oil-soaked piece of cloth on the affected area for about one hour. The soaked piece of cloth should be kept warm for the entire period. After one hour you can massage the affected area with little soda water and baking soda.

Grab the Citrus

#7 Grab the Citrus

Citrus is commonly found in fruits. Fruits such as orange and lemon contain citric acid can help in treating bursitis.

#8 Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO)

Dimethyl sulfoxide is a clear oily liquid that smells like sulphur. DMSO penetrates the skin’s oily membrane causing a reduction in swelling, pain and inflammation.

It is advisable to use the liquid DMSO as gels can cause irritation and itchiness.

At first use DMSO can cause itchiness for a short period, therefore, it should not be of concern. DMSO can be mixed with water then use a piece of cotton to dip it into the mixture, rub it into the skin. You can apply DMSO three times a day.

#9 Get the Affected Joints Moving

When the pain has reduced you can start moving the joints slowly and gently.

This can be done by the help of your doctor or a physical therapist who can advise you on the kind of exercise to be engaged in. when doing the exercises you should be careful not to injure yourself.


#10 Massage

Massaging the affected area can help in reducing the inflammation and pain. Ensure you massage the affected area gently so that you can avoid injuring the affected area. You can also seek the services of a massage professional.

#11 Supplements

Supplements that contain chondroitin and glucosamine sulfate can help in relieving pain and inflammation that is caused by bursitis.

Bursitis doesn’t have a cure but it can be managed using the treatments that have been mentioned above. The treatments not only can help you manage the condition but can also save you the high cost of medicine found at the medical stores.

Read More: Understanding The Causes & Remedies for Joint Inflammation


In conclusion, these are some of the most effective home remedies for bursitis. Give all of them a try and convince yourself which one works the best.

You can alternate the hot and cold compresses, follow a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods or use natural remedies, such as castor oil and citrus fruits. Keep in mind that active, gentle movements and massage therapy can also be of help.

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Contributor : Janice (Joint Health Magazine)

Janice Carson is a freelance journalist who specializes in Joint health issues and provides treatments and solutions to the sufferers. She is having medical writing experience of many years. She is contributing her work to jointhealthmagazine.com.