Menopause is a time in a woman’s life when her period stops, usually around age 50. 

Bursitis is a condition where small, fluid-filled sacs called bursae become inflamed. 

These sacs help cushion the bones, tendons, and muscles near the joints. 

Sometimes, menopause and bursitis can happen together – this is called menopausal bursitis. 

Let’s learn more about it and what to do!

What is Menopausal Bursitis?

Bursitis is when the bursae, the small sacs of fluid near your joints, get swollen. 

Menopause can make this worse because of the changes in your body… 

When women go through menopause, their hormone levels change, which can lead to many things like menopausal back pain, swelling and pain in your joints, which can further lead to menopausal bursitis.

Menopausal Bursitis Symptoms

Menopausal bursitis can show several symptoms, including:

  • Pain around the joints, especially in the hips, knees, and shoulders
  • Swelling and tenderness in the affected area
  • Stiffness and difficulty moving the joint
  • Pain that gets worse with movement or pressure

These symptoms can make everyday activities like walking, climbing stairs, or even sleeping very uncomfortable.

Traditional Treatments for Bursitis

Common treatments for bursitis usually include rest, ice packs, and pain relievers. 

Doctors might also suggest physical therapy or injections to reduce the pain. 

However, these treatments don’t always work well for everyone and can sometimes have side effects…

Functional Medicine Approach to Menopausal Bursitis

Functional medicine looks at the whole body to find the best way to treat a problem. 

Instead of just treating the pain, it finds the root cause and helps the body heal naturally. 

This approach is more holistic and focuses on overall health, which we can apply to menopausal bursitis.

Prevention and Management Tips

Here are some tips to help manage and prevent menopausal bursitis:

  • Stay Active: Regular exercise can keep your joints flexible and reduce pain, but don’t aggravate your bursa too much!
  • Healthy Diet: Eating a balanced diet helps keep your body strong and reduces inflammation.
  • Proper Rest: Make sure to rest when you feel pain to avoid making it worse. It’s like a scab – you don’t want to constantly pick it!
  • Regular Check-ups: Visit your doctor regularly to keep track of your health and adjust your treatment as needed.

How Heal MD Can Help

Heal MD uses functional medicine to treat menopausal bursitis and other menopause symptoms. 

Here’s how:

  • Personalized Plans: Heal MD creates a treatment plan just for you, based on your specific needs and symptoms uncovered in a functional medicine consulation.
  • Natural Treatments: We use natural therapies and lifestyle changes to help reduce your pain and inflammation.
  • Hormone Balance: Heal MD treats your hormonal imbalances, which can reduce the symptoms of menopause and bursitis.
  • Support and Guidance: Heal MD offers ongoing support to help you stay on track with your treatment and improve your health.


Menopausal bursitis can be painful, but with the right treatment, you can feel better.

Heal MD offers a natural, whole-body approach to help you manage your symptoms and improve your overall health. 

If you are experiencing menopausal bursitis, consider reaching out to us for a personalized treatment plan!

Say hello to a pain-free life!


How do you treat menopausal bursitis?

Menopausal bursitis can be treated with a mix of natural therapies and lifestyle changes. At Heal MD, we create personalized plans that might include dietary changes, exercises, and natural supplements. We also focus on balancing hormones to reduce pain and inflammation.

Is bursitis caused by low estrogen?

Low estrogen levels during menopause can contribute to bursitis. Estrogen helps keep the tissues around your joints healthy, and lower levels can lead to inflammation and pain.

Why did I suddenly get bursitis?

Bursitis can happen suddenly due to overuse of a joint, an injury, or pressure on the bursae. Hormonal changes during menopause can also increase the risk of developing bursitis.

What can be mistaken for bursitis?

Bursitis can be mistaken for other conditions like arthritis, tendinitis, or a muscle strain because they all cause joint pain and swelling.

What are the worst foods for bursitis?

Foods that can make bursitis worse include those high in sugar, refined carbs, and unhealthy fats. These foods can increase inflammation in the body.

What is the best natural anti-inflammatory for bursitis?

Some of the best natural anti-inflammatories for bursitis include turmeric, ginger, and omega-3 fatty acids. These can help reduce inflammation and pain.

What happens if you ignore bursitis?

If you ignore bursitis, it can lead to chronic pain and more severe inflammation. Over time, it can make it difficult to move the affected joint and affect your daily activities.