While not all types of bursitis can be prevented, you can reduce your risk and reduce the severity of flare-ups by changing the way you perform certain tasks. Examples include:
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- Use kneeling pads. Use some type of padding to reduce the pressure on your knees if your job or hobby requires a lot of kneeling.
- Lift properly. Bend your knees when you lift. Failing to do so puts extra stress on the bursae in your hips.
- Wheel heavy loads. Carrying heavy loads puts stress on the bursae in your shoulders. Use a dolly or a wheeled cart instead.
- Take frequent breaks. Alternate repetitive tasks with rest or other activities.
- Walk around. Try not to sit in one position for too long, especially on hard surfaces, because that puts pressure on the bursae in your hips and buttocks.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight places more stress on your joints.
- Exercise. Strengthening your muscles can help protect your affected joint.
- Warm up and stretch before strenuous activities to protect your joints from injury.
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