PowerRunner saidAny ideas? Anything will be much appreciated if you've had any experiences with hip joint therapy.
Bursitis of the hip does not involve the hip joint.
The proper term is trochanteric bursitis. The trochanteric bursa is located laterally and becomes inflamed by the illiotibial band which runs over it. The illiotibial band runs from the pelvis along the lateral thigh to just below the knee. The illiotibial band becomes inflamed by activities like running, cycling and weight lifting.
From the picture you can see that the hip joint (where the head of the femur articulates with the pelvis) is located in the groin. The pain of trochanteric bursitis is located laterally and the bursa is tender to touch.
Before you begin on rehabilitation, you must be certain of the diagnosis. Don't self diagnosis. There are other problems that cause lateral hip and thigh pain. Some of the more common culprits are back problems, piriformis syndrome, meralgia paresthetica and hip pointers. You need the correct diagnosis before beginning rehab.
A physical therapist will stretch the illiotibial band and strengthen the hip abductor muscles. You can find many web sites demonstrating exercise and stretches. All you need to do is Google it.
The physiotherapist may also use ultasound and iontophoresis.
It may also be necessary for a physician to inject the bursa with a cortisone derivative.
If you legs are of unequal length, this can predispose to trochanteric bursitis.
A built up shoe can be prescribed if necessary.
Once again confirm the diagnosis with a professional. You don't want to make the problem worse by treating the wrong thing.