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Old 06-18-2014, 06:39 PM   #1
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I have hip bursitis - need help with an exercise plan.

This is so frustrating. Up to about a year ago I was going for 1-2 mile walks and roller skating even at my high weight. It hurts my hip to walk very much, let alone skating. Can someone point me to an exercise plan to exercise my hip muscles (I guess?) very gradually. I'm used to being active, and I'm sure my weight loss will go more quickly when I can walk/skate again.

Thanks for any help you can provide. If it helps, I'm 59 years old.
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Old 06-20-2014, 07:40 AM   #2
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Hi, sk8termom,

I like the Callanetics program, as it tones and makes me feel and look better and doesn't hurt back, so that might work for you with your hip bursitis.

Callanetics is her website, I think.

She died in 2012, but developed this exercise program in the 80's.

Wishing you the best.
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:53 AM   #3
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Hi sk8trmom

Recvd this info from my primary care couple years ago:

Cross-leg pulls and Outer Thigh stretches are recommended for hip bursitis, you can do a web search to see them demonstrated. These work best after taking a hot/warm shower as it prepares the tissues for stretching

Things to avoid: repeated bending of the hip, direct pressure on the hip - don't sleep on that side - avoid prolonged sitting, stair climbing, bicycling, squatting.

Have you had the hip x-rayed to rule out osteoarthritis ? While I did have bursitis, I ended up seeing an orthopedic surgeon last year because it just kept getting worse.

Good luck, I hope you feel better soon.
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Old 06-20-2014, 02:19 PM   #4
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Personally, in your situation, I'd have my doctor write a script for physical therapy. Then you can get expert advice (and support) in what exercises are best for you and how they can help you heal. They can also give you advice on a more extensive workout program, if you wish.
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Old 06-22-2014, 07:12 PM   #5
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Thank you for all of the great ideas. I'm going to schedule an appt (long overdue) with my doctor, who happens to be a huge supporter of LC diets.

By the way, I managed to walk once around the track today with no pain, so I'm thrilled with a little bit of progress.
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Old 09-06-2014, 05:04 AM   #6
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You should go for an X-ray to be sure you aren't going to do further joint damage. A partial hip replacement is a more pleasant recovery than a full hip replacement. The doc may also find it's something as simple as arthritis which can be elevated with some supervised physical therapy along with analgesics. In some cases, the arthritic hip can be operated on early enough to just have some contouring or an arthroscopy done. My mom had a total hip replacement this yr after years of pushing through pain instead of getting it checked out earlier.
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