Bursitis and Tendinitis
Can MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) impact the effects of bursitis an
d tendinitis pain and discomfort, and how can this be accomplished? Most musculoskeletal conditions are treatable through MSM applications to the body, both orally and topically. Bursitis is an inflammatory problem of the bursa, which are small sacs filled with fluid that cushion and appropriately are located between tendons and bone. Muscular movement is cushioned against friction between the bones and other tissues by these bursae. When the bursae become inflamed, the tenderness and pain emanates from the point of contact where the inflamed bursae and the tissues, tendons, or
bones connect, which connections are supposed to be protected from the friction inherent in the movement of such tissues.
When the pain or tenderness becomes acute, the range of motion or limitation of using the appendage experiencing the pain, will restrict the body’s activities drastically. Older people and athletes are more likely to get bursitis and can be difficult to differentiate between tendinitis and bursitis. Bursitis pain is normally experienced as a dull, persistent ache that increases with movement, whereas tendinitis more often than not causes sharp pain upon the movement of the joint. Inflammation of tendons can be a result from calcium deposits that press against the tendon in addition to inflammation from overuse of the tendon connections. Bursitis will be accompanied by swelling of and fluid retention and accumulation in the bursae.
The authors of “The Miracle of MSM, The Natural Solution For Pain” Stanley Jacob, M.D., Ronald Lawrence, M.D. Ph. D., and Martin Zucker, Berkley Books, 1999, maintain that all these forceful, repetitive motion creating damage and inflammation can be treated with MSM. Deborah Mitchell, “MSM, The Natural Pain Relief Remedy” Avon Books, Inc., 1999, cites usage of MSM for bursitis and tendinitis wherein dosages stared at 1,000 mg for three days, and then increased to 2,000 mg every few days until reaching 6,000 mg. Pain was reduced by 50% within a few weeks and no pain was
experience after 6 weeks. Jacob and Lawrence have found that 6 to 8 grams a day of MSM orally reduced pain and swelling. As a complement to that treatment, a 15% MSM lotion or gel applied over the affected area increases the healing time. Jacob also states that he treated patients with serious inflammation of the lower end of the arm (tendon near the elbow) can often see symptomatic relief with MSM topically and orally with a few weeks. Soft tissues respond more quickly than the harder tissues of bone and tendons. “The Miracle of MSM, The Natural Solution For Pain” Stanley Jacob, M.D., Ronald Lawrence, M.D. Ph. D., and Martin Zucker, Berkley Books, 1999 at pages 138-139.
The ability of MSM, even DMSO applied topically, can provide amazing results and truly demonstrate the effectiveness of these two nutritional sulfur compounds and their anti-inflammatory properties.