According to Medline Plus, a bursa is a filmy-colored sac that protects and cushions your joints. Bursitis means inflammation of one of your bursa sacs. The inflammation may result from arthritis in the joint or injury or infection of a bursa. Bursitis produces pain and tenderness and may limit the movement of nearby joints. You can get bursitis in your shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, heels and big toe. Injuries, overuse and repetitive stress are common causes of bursitis. Certain diseases, such as arthritis and gout, might also cause it. It sometimes occurs with tendinitis. Medical professionals have learned that many problems can respond well to either hot or cold therapy, and their experience has been that one or the other may work better under certain conditions. Often, it is most effective to alternate hot and cold therapy to stimulate circulation, relieve pain and relax muscle spasm. You can certainly experiment with both heat therapy and cold therapy on your own, and many times can self-treat minor problems. If home treatment is not effective, however, your doctor or physical therapist has the experience and training to understand your body and the problems you are having, and will be your best source of advice. Our Thermophore Products manufactured by Battle Creek Equipment can provide you with professional-quality hot or cold therapy products to use in your own home. The Thermophore® Automatic Moist Heat Pack Has long been known as a convenient, effective method of providing penetrating moist heat to help relieve all types of pain and stiffness. It reaches much higher temperatures than ordinary heating pads, and is even classified as a medical device by the FDA. There is no need to add any water to the unit - atmospheric moisture is captured by the special fleece cover and released when the intense heat is activated. Because of the higher levels of heat needed to be truly effective, the unit is provided with a special safety switch that lets users constantly control the level of heat, and will shut off if they become drowsy or inattentive. The Thermophore® Arthritis Pad provides all the intense moist heat you have come to expect from the Original Thermophore®, with the added convenience of a hands-free on/off switch. Just press the button and relax, while the Arthritis pad quickly begins to penetrate sore, stiff joints and relax muscle spasms. When the heat reaches your individual comfort level, just press the Off button to let the unit cool a bit. This cycle of heating and cooling will help to increase circulation, relax muscles and relieve pain and stiffness. The switch also has a built-in 20-minute timer, to shut the Arthritis Pad off if you happen to fall asleep or are interrupted during your therapy session. Our Ice It!® Deluxe Wrap Cold Therapy Systems are designed to complement the moist heat therapy provided by the Thermophore® Pack. It provides the same safe, convenient, effective therapy you have come to expect from the Battle Creek Equipment Company. The soft foam-lined fabric pouches hold reusable, non-toxic cold packs that stay pliable even fully frozen and are ready for use in just 20 minutes. Wide elastic bands with Velcro® closures allow unlimited positioning with no need to hold the cold pack in place. Available in a variety of styles to suit a variety of needs.