We have bursas all over our body. They are like gel filled cushions that help things glide smoothly when we move. An inflamed bursa on the outside part of your hip will feel painful to touch, and with movements. It can get irritated if you fall on your hip or with repetitive activities that tighten up the muscles that attach near the bursa. Purposeful efforts at good body mechanics when getting in and out of a seat is a must, as is stretching. Learn the tricks to feeling better now!
The muscles along the outside of the hip have a big influence over hip mechanics. If the hip mechanics are off, then things rub against things that shouldn’t be rubbed on and irritate them, like the bursa whose function (ironically) is to keep the hip muscles gliding smoothly. If that bursa is inflamed, it gets the ending “itis” to be called bursitis. Improving the flexibility of your ITB and TFL (the muscles and tendon along the side of your leg) is a must, as is perfecting the mechanics of your hip and knee such as when you’re squatting or going up/down stairs. Cortisone injections are often prescribed, but they can be painful, cause side effects, and are only a temporary fix. I’ve helped a lot of people get rid of their bursitis for good- and I’d love to help you, too!