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How to Mend Your Iliopsoas Bursitis

Updated on October 26, 2012

The bursa is sac-like tissue typically located at major joints (knee, elbow, shoulder, etc...) between bone, muscle, tendons and skin. The Iliopsoas bursa is located in the hip and is the largest bursa in the body. The Iliopsoas bursa also helps to reduce friction of the bones and soft tissues that meet at the hip joint. It is common for this injury to occur along with Iliopsoas tendinitis, as both conditions exhibit similar symptoms and inflammation of the tendon may cause inflammation of the bursa.

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Iliopsoas bursitis is considered an overuse injury and often occurs due to overloading of your hips as a result of repetitive movements. Individuals that take part in golf, hockey, cheerleading, ballet dancing, rowing, or gymnastics are likely to experience injury to their Iliopsoas bursa. Iliopsoas bursitis may also be caused by poor biomechanics due to a growth spurt. Additional causes include acute trauma and crystal deposits (crystallization of excess Uric acid caused by gout or Rheumatoid Arthritis).

Crystal Deposits in the Joint

Rheumatoid arthritis or gout can cause iliopsis bursitis. Some people with diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout or scleroderma may contract bursitis from crystalline deposits in the joints. Although not much is known about how this process happens, it is common knowledge that uric acid is a normal by-product of daily metabolism. If you have gout, you are unable to break down this uric acid properly, leading to crystalization of this excess acid which deposits in joints. This can cause joint pain that can often lead to bursitis.

Excessive Friction

Iliopsoas bursitis and iliopsoas tendinitis are often caused by excessive rubbing against a broad, shallow groove over which your iliacus and psoas major pass (the pubic iliopectineal eminence). The tendon may first become irritated and inflamed, leading to swelling and increase friction on the iliopsoas bursa underneath.

Leg length discrepancies may result in a skewed gait (abnormalities in the way you walk) which can cause more pressure on the iliopsoas bursa than usual. In addition, age and degenerating tissues often causes a decrease in your tendon flexibility can change the movement in your hip joint, leading to excess friction on the tendon and bursa.

Iliopsoas tendinitis and/or bursitis are common during growth spurts when you are younger because your biomechanics are altered around the hip area. The tendons and muscles area tight, the pelvis begins to tilt, and the rest of the lower body goes out of alignment. This can affect the lower back, hip joints, knees and your gait which can result in lower body joint issues.

If you are suffering from Iliopsoas bursitis you may feel pain around your groin area and it is likely that this pain will radiate down the front of your thigh to your knee. Your injury may also be tender, swollen, exhibit redness, or be hot to the touch. Pain will intensify when you perform any sort of activity involving movement of your leg or hip; including jogging or running, getting up from a seated position, extending your leg while driving or getting in and out of a vehicle, or walking up stairs. You may also experience pain while sleeping or lying down. Although any pain you experience may subside when you are active, the pain will become worse once you complete your activity or restrict any further movement.

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What Treatments are Available to Mend Your Iliopsoas Bursitis?

Iliopsoas bursitis is often healed through conservative treatment methods such as ColdCure® Technology and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy. This condition however may take months or even years to heal completely with proper rehabilitation.

ColdCure® Technology

As soon as your hip is injured your body triggers natural events that isolate damaged tissue and prepare it for healing. The main symptoms you will immediately feel after injury - the swelling, redness (rubor), heat (calor), pain (dolor), and loss of function - are really just signs that your body is starting to heal.

Unfortunately when your hip is swollen and inflamed the damaged tissue is blocking vital blood flow from coming into to continue the natural healing process. When your blood flow is blocked, the other healthy tissue in your hip is starved of oxygen, nutrients and antibodies needed for your healthy tissue to thrive and for your injured illiopsoas bursa to heal. This is why it's never good to let a new injury stay untreated for too long.

Using cold compression immediately following a hip injury, re-injury, or surgery reduces pain and swelling and reduces the tissue damage that occurs with soft tissue injuries.

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Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy

What can be done for your hip when the swelling is gone, but the pain is still there? Once the swelling is gone our bodies are starving for the naturally occurring oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy available in our blood. Blood flow is like the life force of our bodies, and the healing process really takes off only when the bursa receives proper blood flow.

If you want to heal quickly you need to keep your blood flow moving constantly, but you also need to make sure your hip is actively getting rid of cellular waste and toxins. This is where BFST® comes in, but what exactly is BFST® and how can it help to accelerate healing?

BFST® is exactly what it seems - it's a therapy that substantially increases the flow of blood to your hip without the need to exercise your already damaged tissue.

Think about your injured soft tissue as if it is a sponge that has dried out. Your damaged tissue is waiting there ready to absorb all of the benefits of increased blood flow but your body is unable to keep up with the demand of what your tissue needs. BFST® boosts your body's natural blood flow, delivering oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy directly to the source of your pain. Once you start receiving all of the benefits BFST® has to offer your injured hip becomes like a sponge that now has enough blood flow within reach to soak up everything good that is in your blood flow. Increased blood flow through BFST® also acts as a cleanser for your tissue, whisking away all toxins and cellular waste.

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Treating Your Iliopsoas Bursitis

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Iliopsoas Bursitis Questions & Comments

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      MendMeShop LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi birdseye,

      It certainly sounds like you have explored most of the therapies for treating your Iliopsoas Bursitis. Ultrasound Therapy is a great way to treat bursitis and other soft tissue injuries.

      I would recommend waiting until the MRI results to come back to determine if there is anything else going on in the hip joint.

      Once you have a better idea what is going on, it may be better to discuss a treatments with your doctor at that point.


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks for this, i have been through the ultrasound, physio and all treatments on here and still can't shift this thing, i have had it for a yeah and a half and am getting really annoyed its not going anywhere.

      i can run fine which is good as i am a middle distance runner but it affects my speed and my favourite sport football is completely off limits thanks to this, iv been to specialists and am due to have an MRI scan to check it out but if nothing comes of it I will be turfed back to physio - is there anything else i can do to shift this?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You have a fine way of presenting your blog post. I love that, it keeps me hooked until the very last part of the post. I learned a lot about the condition and the many ways one can treat it.

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      shiwangipeshwani 7 years ago

      i have a lens on same topic friends, take out sometime and have a look....