Therapydia was able to correctly identify and treat a hip issue resulting from race training. My PT (Josh) used a variety of methods to treat the pain, and he provided stretches and exercises that were easy to complete on my own to build strength and flexibility. He was realistic about the timeline for treatment, and I am wrapping up my visits feeling comfortable returning to training. I have recommended them to friends, and will return if/when services are needed.
Working with Casey has been relieving and life changing. Casey is professional, knowledgeable, and intuitive. Casey provides simple exercises and solutions for my hips and knees to insure pain-free exercise at the gym, running and skiing.
Casey helped my pain completely disappear with dry needling. He even gave me exercises to strengthen my problem muscles. The appointment was easy to make and the staff was very friendly. I will definitely go back if I need it, but so far I have no more pain!
How Does Hip Bursitis Pain Occur?
Small, fluid-filled sacs called bursae act as gel gliding between bone and muscles, tendons, or skin and can become inflamed with repetitive motions. Once these sacs are inflamed, there’s more friction between the bone and the muscles moving around, making the problem worse. 10-20% of all patients with hip problems are attributed to hip bursitis. Joints of the body with higher ranges of motion typically see the most bursitis damage from repetitive use or pressure. Therefore, bursitis is more common in the shoulder, hip, knee, or the elbow.
Aching, inflamed, and painful joints can often be mistaken for arthritis. Although bursitis does result in joint pain, it’s directly caused by repetitive stress or high pressure to a specific joint.
Signs & Symptoms
- Bursitis pain is normally dull but can be sharp depending on severity. Additionally, pain caused by bursitis is felt both when active and at rest with the affected areas painful to the touch. Visible swelling for bursitis is usually more common in bursae closer to the surface of the skin (i.e. elbows or kneecaps).
- Irritation, stiffness, and possible swelling
- Dull pain that can sometimes be sharp
- Painful to the touch
- Pain with or without joint movement
It’s important to seek medical care if the pain doesn’t alleviate and is consistent or even worse after rest. With more serious cases, draining the bursa to reduce swelling or antibiotics may be required if an infection is present. Attending a physical therapy program to supplement your bursitis treatment will allow for the quicker resolution of any bursitis pain and overall symptoms.
Why Physical Therapy
If you participate in a job, activity, or hobby that is aggravating symptoms, it’s important to consider adjusting parts of your lifestyle to benefit your overall treatment. A physical therapist will work with you one-on-one to develop a musculoskeletal treatment regimen with mobility assessments and direct manual therapy.
- Manual therapy techniques to help relieve pressure on joints surrounding bursa inflammtion
- Exercises to strengthen your surrounding muscles and increase range-of-motion.
- Activity modifications to utilize the right muscles to avoid re-injury
About Therapydia Denver
Better Physical Therapy Experience
At Therapydia Denver, our physical therapists offer one-on-one, hands-on bursitis treatment. You’ll spend your entire with one of our expert therapists – we won’t hand you off to a PT assistant or aide. We’ll help you understand what’s causing your pain, what you can do to relieve your pain and ways to prevent reoccurring injuries. Best of all, you’re covered. Therapydia works with and provides billing for most PPO insurance groups and Medicare. We also accept cash-based payments. In Colorado, you can see our physical therapists without a doctor’s prescription.
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Casey McNitt, MPT
and Physical Therapist
Aaron Page, DPT
Cami Hatch, DPT