Dr. Vijay Karia is a physician who is board certified in both rheumatology and internal medicine. At Integrative Rheumatology of Texas, the doctor and his staff offer their patients numerous treatment options to care for health conditions such as bursitis and tendonitis. Dr. Karia encourages patients living in the Houston area, and throughout the state of Texas to visit the facility.
The bursa is a small sac filled with lubricating fluid that can be found between bone and muscle, muscles and tendons, and muscle and skin. This fluid allows the tissues to easily glide over one another without creating excessive amounts of friction. Bursitis is a condition in which the bursa becomes inflamed. Bursitis can be caused by an impact on a bursa or repetitive movements that begin to damage or irritate the fluid-filled sac. As a person ages and the body begins to change, tendons can become less flexible and unable to stretch or maintain their elasticity and bursitis may occur more frequently.
Bursitis is often the result of an injury, repetitive motion, or in some cases, being overweight. If a person begins to exercise and include foods that support good bone and connective tissue health, the effects of bursitis may be minimized over time. Eliminating the use of tobacco products is also beneficial. Smoking cigarettes reduce the amount of oxygen that is available to tissues throughout the body. Maintaining the flow of oxygen helps strengthen the tissues and reduce the risk of injury or damage to the structures of the body.
Ultrasound-guided joint injections provide relief directly to the area where the pain and inflammation is located. Dr. Karia uses ultrasound to guide the needle to the exact spot where the pain and discomfort originates. By locating specific points along a nerve or within a joint, he can inject an anesthetic to numb the nerve, effectively blocking pain signals that are being sent to and from the brain. This allows only the painful areas to be treated instead of numbing an entire area. This type of treatment is especially helpful if the area affected involves a joint or connective tissue near a joint.
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