Thursday, July 23, 2015

Don't resign yourself to chronic nagging hip pain

If you can't sleep on your side due to hip pain, it could be due to trochanteric bursitis.   I treated three cases in the clinic this week.  In each case, the patients came in with MRI reports and diagnosis of of a combination of arthritis, bone degeneration, cartilage degeneration and in one case the dreaded "bone on bone."  Each patient reported that the pain interfered with their ability to to simple daily activities such as sleeping on their side, walking, running, riding a bike, gardening, folding laundry, moving from sitting to standing.  

Clinically, I have seen that having this type of diagnosis is not a mandatory sentence of a lifetime of pain and inhibited movement.   In Chinese Medicine we have a simple saying, "No free flow, pain.  Free flow, no pain."  So my job as an acupuncturist is fairly simple - "free the flow."  Using techniques that combine anatomical acupuncture with meridian theory, I have seen this type of pain resolve after 1-3 treatments.   Once the patient is out of the pain crisis and we have addressed the "branch," I then look to address the root or cause.  In the meantime, the patient is able to get back to their daily activities that make their life meaningful, gardening, biking, running, walking, folding laundry, etc.  I use dietary therapy, herbal medicine and exercises to address the root.

Before you consider daily use of NSAIDS, corticosteroid injections, or surgery, please consider seeing an acupuncturist who has training in orthopedics. 

Here is a Western Medicine Summary from the Cleveland Clinic:

What is trochanteric bursitis?

Trochanteric bursitis is inflammation of the bursa (fluid-filled sac near a joint) at the outside (lateral) point of the hip known as the greater trochanter. When this bursa becomes irritated or inflamed, it causes pain in the hip. This is a common cause of hip pain.

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