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Basic At-Home Treatment for Ischial Bursitis

Ischial tuberosity pain treatmentIschial bursitis is an extremely painful condition which usually arises after sports injuries — in particular those injuries which produce a hamstring strain or tendonitis. It used to be known as “tailor’s bottom” because it can also be caused by sitting too long on a hard surface, and symptoms tend to involve pain in the lower buttocks while sitting and tingling or numbness in the lower leg (especially while flexing the knee).

PRP and/or stem cell treatments are an extremely effective way of treating ischial bursitis. However, traditional conservative therapies are usually indicated before attempting a clinical treatment. Simple therapies like “RIMS” can provide immediate relief and facilitate later therapy with regenerative medicine.

What Is Ischial Bursitis? & Does it Need Treating?

Treatment for Ischial bursitis cannot be avoided, it is a chronic or acute inflammation of the bursa sac, which is a fluid filled sac located between the ischial tuberosity and the hamstring tendon. The exact cause is still not known to medicine, but trauma as well as inflammation from accompanying arthritis or gout may also trigger ischial bursitis.

In cases of acute bursitis, patients may experience inflammation and extreme pain. Their ability to move around may be limited, as moving the joint can produce a sharp increase in pain.

If the patient experiences multiple episodes of an acute bursitis, their condition may develop into a chronic one. At this point the bursa may thicken and readily develop adhesions to the surrounding tissue, which limits the range of motion. Muscles may weaken and atrophy.

Immediate Treatments You Can Do
In order to prevent an acute bursitis from developing into a chronic condition, it’s important to see a doctor and apply treatment as quickly as possible. While the ideal case is of course a consultation at our clinic, within the first 24 to 48 hours of the injury a “RIMS” program is usually recommended to prevent further damage while waiting for more advanced treatment. RIMS stands for:

R — Rest. It’s crucial to rest for the 24-48 hour period after the bursitis appears. Try to rest the affected joint as much as possible. With ischial bursitis, using a cane (at least briefly) may be advisable in order to ensure the area is free of pressure.

I — Ice. Apply ice in order to reduce swelling and inflammation. Ice should be applied 3-4 times a day for the next 24-48 hours.

M — Mobility. Attempt to GENTLY increase movement in the injured joint, if possible, in order to ensure it does not become frozen.

S — Strengthen. If this has been enough to relieve the pain, slowly begin to restore the normal range of motion using exercise.

Unfortunately, in many cases simple treatment like this is not enough to fully deal with an ischial bursitis. On the other hand, PRP or stem cell based treatment can frequently eliminate the inflammation and regenerate the involved tissues quickly, and it is often able to do this even when traditional treatments failed.

 Ischial Bursitis РWhat do we focus on?schial tuberosity bursitis treatment
The doctors at Regenerative Medicine Specialists focus on Ischial Bursitis treatment that provide relief on a same-day in-office basis, without requiring a hospital stay. For most cases, this means either platelet rich plasma (PRP) or stem cell treatments. These use your body’s own cells to allow the injured or swollen area to regenerate itself quickly and safely.

Hip Pain: Arthritis, Greater Trochanteric Bursitis, and ONFH All Respond To Regenerative Techniques

cost of hip pain treatmentEven minor hip problems can strongly impact quality of life and daily activities by triggering limited mobility and pain. The reason is that the hip is a complex joint, with several structures which all work together to ensure proper functioning: a bony ball and socket joint between the pelvis and thigh bone, a covering of cartilage, a fibrous capsule, and many muscles, ligaments, and tendons which hold the joint together and enable proper movement.

If any of these structures is damaged, limited mobility and pain often follow. Until quite recently the only treatment options were addictive opioids, steroid injections, and surgery such as total hip replacement if patients failed to respond to more conservative treatments.

Thanks to regenerative techniques (stem cell and/or PRP therapy) we can treat many of the most common hip problems without surgery. The cost of hip pain treatment is much less than an involved surgical procedure, and there are many fewer risks as well as none of the prolonged rehabilitation and pain.

Arthritis of the Hip

The most common hip arthritis is osteoarthritis or OA, also known as degenerative (“wear and tear”) arthritis. If you have osteoarthritis of the hip the cartilage in the hip joint has become damaged or lost, the bones have begun grinding against each other.

The result of osteoarthritis is a reactive bony overgrowth which in turn produces limited mobility and significant pain. Activity makes the pain worse, but it’s often present even when resting.

Hip osteoarthritis is very common in patents over 45 and overweight patients. Hip trauma accelerates arthritis, meaning younger patients can develop it prematurely too.

Traditional treatments for hip osteoarthritis involve steroid injections for temporary relief, but usually patients eventually require a total hip replacement. This means significant post operative pain and a long recovery time.

With PRP or stem cell treatment, total hip replacement surgery or steroid injections can often be avoided. Instead, the treatment is done on an outpatient basis — with no hospital stay at all.

Greater Trochanteric Bursitis

Greater trochanteric bursitis sometimes appears with no apparent cause. It is a very painful condition which hurts even when resting and often causes a limp. Greater trochanteric bursitis happens when the fluid filled bursa sac, located between the thigh bone and the tendons above it, becomes inflamed. 

There was no permanent treatment for this condition until recently, only ways to provide temporary relief. PRP and stem cell treatment, though, allow the body to repair itself and provide long-term relief.

ONFH (Osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head)

ONFH is generally associated with elderly patients but it can in fact appear at any age: in younger patients the cause is usually trauma or injury, but the cause is unknown in many cases. ONFH is a condition where the femur bone head actually dies due to the blood supply being compromised. 

Patients, until recently, were forced to deal with the pain of this condition until it was possible to get full hip replacement surgery. However, regenerative medicine (PRP or stem cells) make it possible to regenerate the bone tissue and eliminate pain without need for surgery.

By | 2015-03-09T03:52:37-07:00 March 12th, 2015|General Health, Hip Conditions|0 Comments