Hip Bursitis Cures

After suffering from hip bursitis for nearly 8 years now, I have found four ways to ease, if not to entirely eliminate, the nagging bursitis hip pain. Surprisingly to some, eating raw food is one easy way.

What is bursitis?

Hip bursitis is inflammation of the bursal sac, which is filled with fluid and reduces friction between tissues, such as in the hip. Yet, when it is inflamed, pain results when the tendon has to move over the bone.

What are the symptoms?

Common symptoms are tenderness of the outer hip and a burning, dull pain that can be present for days, disappear, and then come back. It can be very similar to hip tendonitis. Sleeping can be difficult as well as climbing stairs or going uphill, and even merely walking can be painful. Some nights I would have to sleep downstairs on the couch, as I couldn't even make it upstairs.

What are the causes?

Usually, hip bursitis is a result of a sports injury related to running. This is true in my case since my first symptoms reared their ugly heads during track season in high school. Instead of allowing the injury to heal, I kept running and made the situation worse.

What are the treatments?

My own suggested hip bursitis treatment was physical therapy, which I declined because of time and money. I feel this route may have worked at the time of my initial injury, but I ignored and aggravated the problem for years and have little faith that physical therapy would have helped at the time I finally sought help. For anyone who has symptoms that suggest bursitis, I think it wise to rest the area and get into physical therapy right away, or better yet, yoga.

Strangely, not exercising is not the answer either, as my doctor suggested the best thing I can do is keep it loose through physical activity. This I absolutely agree with because when I miss a few days of either running or using an elliptical the bursitis hip pain begins to act up. Yet, on the other hand, exercise would also seem to infuriate my hip on certain occasions as well. So what to do?

Saying goodbye to bursitis

1. Yoga

The key to keeping hip bursitis at bay is keeping the joints and the muscles around it loose. All the bodies tissues and joints are interconnected and affect one another. Basic stretches are good, but in my case at least, I needed something more.

My trip to Haddonfield Yoga Center is one not regretted. From one private session and only a few classes, I noticed dramatic changes in my body. My back pain and spasms disappeared and my hip suddenly started to behave. They taught me a series of poses called "The Magic Four" that have helped realign and loosen the body. If I cease to stretch properly and perform these moves I surely pay the price. I had always heard of the benefits of yoga, but experiencing is finally believing.

2. Greens and raw food

This may sound crazy, but upping my salad intake works a miracle for my bursitis, and I imagine it would do the same for any joint problems. Out of curiosity and experimental purposes, I didn't eat any greens for one week and was consequently astonished that the pain in my hip flared up with a vengeance.

I have since resumed eating three quarters to a pound of greens each day and the pain has gradually diminished. I assume it is the minerals in greens that has the ability to produce this effect. I once read of a woman who said her chiropractor instantly knew when she wasn't eating enough greens because her joints would become so stiff.

In addition to increasing the amount of greens in ones diet, simply eating raw food is also extremely helpful because such food allows the body to heal itself. This is because digestion of cooked foods takes up an enormous amount of the bodies energy that could otherwise be devoted to repairing the injury. When first starting a raw food diet I noticed my hip bothered me much less frequently and the pain was much less severe when it did.

3. Gentle exercise

The best form of exercise for my condition has been light runs or using an elliptical or bike. Sprinting or excessive weight use, and even overdoing it on lunges, squats, etc. almost always produces a flare up of pain in my hip. A light jog seems to be the best thing and I always stretch before and after. I think that as I gradually strengthen the muscles around the area I will be able to do more.

4. Go barefoot

I thought I would save the best for last. The single most important thing I believe has helped alleviate hip bursitis for me was changing the shoes I wear.

The padding in the running shoes, as well as everyday shoes people typically wear, can actually cause all kinds of joint and knee problems. All my life I believed buying expensive name brand sneakers was the way to go but the book Born to Run explained to me otherwise.

I did some research and found some peculiar looking shoes called Vibram Five Fingers that only have a very thing layer of rubber separating the foot from the Earth. From wearing poor shoes all our lives, our feet are very out of touch with the ground and the muscles in our feet are underdeveloped. I actually had to gradually work my way up to being able to run far in my new shoes because my feet had to adjust and develop. I started with running only ten minutes, but now I can run as far as I like (with a few stares).

For everyday shoes I shop at Terra Plana. They offer a line called Vivo Barefoot that has any kind of shoe you could possibly want.

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