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Bursitis Overview

A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that cushions an area of friction between tissues, such as tendon and bone. Bursae reduce friction between moving parts of the body, such as in the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and heel.

The number varies, but most people have about 160 bursae throughout the body. Bursae are lined with special cells, called synovial cells, which secrete a fluid rich in collagen and proteins. This synovial fluid acts as a lubricant when parts of the body move. Inflammation of a bursa is referred to as bursitis.

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Comment from: Anna, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I have had unilateral trochanteric bursitis/tendonitis for approximately eight years. The latest medical research seems to indicate that the bursitis is secondarily inflamed by nearby diseased tendons. I have tried numerous cortisone injections, as well as physiotherapy and Pilates. I underwent a bursectomy a couple of years ago and, much to my disappointment, it has not eased the pain. In cases of hip bursitis, it may be useful to pursue methods that could aid the diseased tendon. This is now my approach.

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Comment from: Patti, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I have GTPS (greater trochanteric pain syndrome) in both hips. I have been through it all. It is so frustrating to have this awful disease. The left side since 2006, and right since 2010. Right side is giving me the most pain. I had the bursectomy, IT (iliotibial) band surgery in February and so far it has not helped. I am still having pain, I walk with a far worse limp now. Going from sit to stand is far more painful. I thought this surgery was the answer but it is not. I see the surgeon in July, he wants to discuss doing my left hip bursectomy in November but there is no chance of that happening. I am 51, was a very active women now at a snail's pace. On top of the hip pain I have fibromyalgia, a bad back, and arthritis in my hands. So using a cane is hard on my hands and body. There is no answer for our bursitis folks; if I find one I will report back, till then hang in there best you can.

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