Managing possible, now confirmed, trochanteric bursitis

Yes I did do a search, and see other threads, many of them older.

Yes I do have an appointment with my Doc, a phone consult on Friday.

Dr Google and I are fairly confident that I have developed trochanteric bursitis, given the increasing, and now nearly debilitating pain when taking the stairs, or sleeping, well trying to sleep on it. The soft squishy limp that has come up is also telling.

Now I’m not sure what brought it on, I first noticed it after trying some Showmanship with my boy, and therefore running in the arena. My old, fat, replaced knee self does a ton of walking, but I don’t run!

Seeing as most everything hurts, any tips on living with this, what to do, what not to do, is a couple of miles walking the dogs beneficial or harmful? How about riding, boy has been off, hence the showmanship, but wanted to ride this week, kind of scared it will hurt, :rofl: have definite visions of not being able to dismount!

Any advice, recovery, stories, tips?

I am sorry you are suffering with this.

I have occasional hip bursitis. Years ago it was constant and had been pretty constant for many years. The Back on Track women’s boxer shorts really helped the pain, and after a few years of wearing them daily my hips mostly stopped bothering me.

When my hips bother me now I put my BOT women’s boxer shorts on during the day for a few days. So far it is working well for me.

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A steroid injection was 100% effective at treating troch bursitis for me, never to return. Not all cases are so straightforward, but it’s an easy box to check.

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Well Dr Google and I were correct, so on 3 weeks of anti-inflammatory meds. Got a list of does and don’ts but I do not see horse riding on there, either way. I didn’t ask, because right now I don’t think I want to try😢

If it doesn’t resolve, then steroid infection would be next.

Any one tried riding stationary bike I forgot to ask.

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Years ago I was diagnosed w/ hip bursitis. mine was more of a dull ache/milder pain. First doctor said stop riding. Went to sports med doctor who said “use a mounting block” and gave me several things to do. At my full time office job: whenever possible sit like a guy - knees far apart. Same thing when driving car. Do not sit cross legged on the floor - or anywhere else. If a side sleeper, get a pillow between your knees substantial enough to straighten the hip angle of the upper leg. Basically fixed me right up. He told me that women more prone to this due to our conformation. Hips are the wide part and our legs go down at more of an inward angle than men. The idea with the above stuff is to keep the leg more directly aligned with the hip.
How are you doing at this point.


Giving it 0 out of 10, do not recommend!

It’s a lot better than it was, as long as I don’t forget and do something that upsets it, like demonstrating how a horse should cross its legs in a turn on the forehand :grinning:

It’s strange, driving long distance aggravates it, passengering for a longer drive, no issue. Bringing foot up to do own foot maintenance isn’t good, but now Mellow has gone into a set of shoes, all extra money goes into his foot care, so no pedicure for me.

I always use the mounting block for mounting, and since my knee replacement, for dismounting as well. Only issue now is, that right leg, with new knee and bursitis, does not want to swing over with any gusto, so getting off is a bit of a struggle!

So after doing well for a while, getting troublesome again. Going for X-rays next week to see if there are issues in the hip that are causing it, also being sent for Physiotherapy.

Worse thing right now, getting off my horse, and then trying to walk, it’s not pretty. It does walk off, but then comes the second thing that upsets it, driving. It’s odd, I’ve been a passenger for a couple of long journeys without issues, but driving makes it shout a bit!