Trochanteric Bursitis

I got home from my fabulous trip to Bermuda yesterday.  The air of Bermuda is heavy with the heat of the sun, the steaminess of non-stop humidity, and the scent of thousands of hibiscus, poinciana, frangipani, and Bermudiana blossoms.  Now if I can just remember all that in late January when the mercury dips below -30C and the air is full of the snap of arctic cold fronts and the smell of wood-burning fireplaces, and the wind chill factor would freeze your blood.

To get back to reality, I had a doctor’s appointment this morning because of persistent hip pain.  At my last doctor’s visit, he thought the hip pain was caused by arthritis.  Today after a more thorough examination, he thinks it is more likely trochanteric bursitis.   This is an inflammation which can sometimes be treated with NSAIDS, the application of ice, and a set of stretching exercises.  I know it is hard to believe but the doctor recommended that I look up trochanteric bursitis on the internet and that I use the internet to find a set of exercises to do at home.  He is also sending me for an Xray to rule out arthritis.

The internet can be a great tool to help us maintain our bodies but of course we have to be careful not to diagnose ourselves.  The articles I read recommended avoiding walking and stair climbing but since walking is my only real form of exercise other than cycling, it is going to be difficult for me.  The doc said cycling may be good for me so I will try to do more of the old pedalling!

If any of my readers have any exercise suggestions or any specific websites they think I should visit, please let me know.  If any of you have dealt with this problem I’d be interested to know how you dealt with it.

Thanks for reading and have a healthy day!  Also, a very happy twelfth birthday to my grandson, Enzo!


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