Patient Comments: Hip Bursitis - Treatment

What was your hip bursitis treatment?

Comment from: circle girl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I had hip bursitis in my left hip and nothing worked except the cortisone shot. This was last year and I haven't had a problem since. Yesterday, my right hip started bothering me. I'm going to take an anti-inflammatory and try resting (and different sneakers for my zumba class) and hopefully that helps.

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Comment from: Patricia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I want to the doctor, one doctor told me it was arthritis and gave me Napasin, which did nothing for me. I want to another doctor who told me it is bursitis etc. gave me a prescription of ibuprofen 400mg. No one has prescribed an antibiotic for the inflammation. The doctor also told me I would need physical therapy, made an appointment for that. Why hasn't anyone given me something for the inflammation or even a cortisone shot. I am in pain, but not as much as before. Surgery was suggested as the worst case scenario.

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Comment from: Marianne, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I am a 44 year old female, very active, approximately 15 pounds overweight. Out of nowhere I experienced severe pain on my left hip to the point of being unable to walk with extreme weakness and pain. This lasted about two weeks before the acute pain subsided and I went to a physical therapist. The diagnosis was hip bursitis and tendonitis. I don't know what I did! The treatment was physical therapy twice a week, and home stretches three times a day, followed by icing of the area. I feel 100 percent better. It is still tender in the area, but on the mend, only a little achiness. I do not take medications. I am told this area can be easily aggravated if the correct approach is not taken. I feel very lucky that my treatment is working.

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Comment from: tire of pain, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

My hip bursitis is tender to the touch and very, very, painful. It is sometimes swollen and hot to the touch. I have done a lot of physical therapy which is very painful. I have had cortisone shots, anti-inflammatory pills, and patches. I finally have something to block the pain that works as long as it is running, it's called a portable TENS unit. When it cuts off after 60 minutes you can feel the pain though.

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Comment from: TDT, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

I have chronic bursitis in both hips confirmed by an MRI. I have been to physical therapy, and received cortisone injections. I also had a battery charged patch with some kind of medicine placed on my hip six times and no relief. I think the PT helped a little bit, but still, after almost two years, my hips cannot be touched and I am in pain every day. I am active, although this has decreased my activity level and I am not overweight.

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Comment from: 24hard working femal, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I am ONLY 24 and have bursitis in my left hip, and a knot that protrudes noticeably with pants on. Not sure why or what to do I have taken meloxicam prescribed by my DR. which only helped for a temp relief and now again the pain is agonizing and I can't sleep at night. If there are any home remedies please bring them to my attention. Surgery is last resort so Jesus is my option for now and I do believe he can work miracles so in putting it in his hands.

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Comment from: JAW, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

Seven years ago after NSAIDS and cortisone injections failed to relieve hip bursa pain (job had me on my feet in constant motion with no time to heal), my orthopedic surgeon removed the bursa leaving an opening in the trocanteric muscle which covered it. He explained the bursa would grow back, but rather than "rubbing on the mountain" it would fall between the opened muscles. This short outpatient surgery brought immediate and long-lasting pain relief!

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I am 55 years old, the doctor said I had bursitis of the hip. I have taken Soma and all other kinds of pain meds - nothing seems to help. It is worse at night. Heat and ice do nothing for the pain. I am up all night walking the floor. The worst part is not being able to sleep. I did some of the exercises, they are very painful also. I don't know whether to go to a pain management doctor or a chiropractor.

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