Ischial Bursitis

Written by James Lyons
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Ischial bursitis is a type of hip bursitis that affects the ischial bursa found in the upper area of the buttocks. The other type of bursitis that affects the hip is trochanteric bursitis, which involves the inflammation of the trochanteric bursa located at the side of your hip. This type of bursitis is more common than the ischial bursitis.

If you're walking up a hill or some sort of incline and you notice a dull pain in the upper buttocks or lower back area, you might have ischial bursitis. This type of bursitis is often referred to as "tailor's bottom" or "weaver's bottom." It received these nicknames because this type of bursitis often manifests itself in people who spend prolonged periods of time sitting on hard surfaces.

Treating Hip Bursitis

Weavers and tailors were subjected to such conditions and frequently complained of discomfort in that area. In fact, the most common cause of hip pain is bursitis, more than arthritis and more than tendonitis. Bursitis loves the hip area, especially in men and women over the age of 50. To combat ischial bursitis, you first need to properly diagnose it.

If it's non-infectious hip bursitis, then your condition can probably be treated with ice, rest, and some sort of anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen. You can take some alternative, natural medicines to curb the pain. If the bursa is really inflamed and swollen, the doctor might have to drain the bursa sac with a syringe. Septic bursitis, which is uncommon in the hip area, typically requires the use of antibiotics. If your hip pain is accompanied by fever, you might have septic ischial bursitis.

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