Well, I've apparently sustained a minor back injury which has resulted in bursitis in my hip.
I took a few weeks off to go to take some anti-inflammatories, go to physio and just let myself heal. I was feeling much better! Went from "I can't walk up or down stairs without supporting most of my weight on the railing" to "Pain? What pain?" and was given the green light to start back with light riding.
Then I got on a horse's back and walked around the arena for maybe 5 minutes, tops. I felt like I had to apologize to the poor pony for dragging him away from his buddies, tacking him up, and then barely even getting his muscles warmed up before putting him away again. But that 5 minutes in the saddle was enough to make everything flare up again.
So now I'm back on 'stall rest' (no riding) until ?????? and I'm just generally feeling frustrated that I could go from feeling great to a crazy flare up after such a tiny amount of sitting on a horse's back.
I feel stupidly insecure right now, and I need someone to tell me that:
- If I take a long enough break, continue with physio and NSAIDs, and start massage, I WILL be able to ride again without pain
- I'm not the only one to experience a setback, and I should quit whining because it's only been a few weeks
- Not riding WILL NOT cause me to lose my sanity entirely
- It's not the end of the world if I have to take a few months off
I'm feeling defeated and it's making me a bit sad/crazy.
I'm sorry you are in pain. I've not had bursitis in my hip but I do suffer from chronic pain that can get flared up and make me feel like I can't ride. I personally wouldn't think that taking a longer break is the answer but its possible that it just hasn't healed enough yet. I would discuss with your physical therapist. There maybe exercises they can do to strengthen you specifically for riding or show you stretches to do before and/or after riding. Maybe you just need to put ice on it right away after riding? Show them a video of you riding if they really aren't that familiar with the dynamics of the human body riding on a horse.
OP - I have had bursitis in my left hip for roughly 20 years. It was not as bad as yours sounds, but enough to drive me to doctor. First one told me to quit riding (NOT) and sent me to physical therapy - heat/massage which did nothing.
Then found a sports doctor who gave me a bunch of suggestions and exercises. I can't remember the exercises, but here's what I do remember, and it worked:
1. Use the tallest mounting block you can find when riding
2. Any time sitting (car, desk etc) sit like a guy w/ your legs splayed out
3. If you sleep on your side, get a pillow that you can place between knees. The idea is to straighten the angle of the top hip
I'm now fine as long as I don't sit Indian style on the floor for too long; that will cause a flair up.
Before you invest time and $ into rest, massage, etc. I would strongly recommend a sports med person and see what they say. They are used to dealing w/ people who don't sit around well! I also wonder if something else isn't going on in your back to aggravate the hip.
We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........
I had min injected twice and used a foam roller on that IT band. It was super painful for two days after the injections, and then in was just sitting there and the pain vanished. Didn't come back after the second injection.
send some of their smart literate deer who can read road signs up here since ours are just run of the mill dumb ones who get splatted all over creation because they won't stay in the woods
Have you seen a doctor that gave you the diagnosis of hip bursitis? I say that because your symptoms could be caused by a herniated disc also. And some other pathologies. Have you had xrays? mri? etc? You prefaced you description with a minor back injury and since so many of us horsemen HAVE bad backs....I always think that first over any hip problems. Often the location of your butt/hip/thigh/leg pain even tells you which vertebral level it is. The medical term is "referred pain". Where pain is....is not always where it's coming from. Ex: L5/S1 disc pain can give you calf/ankle pain & numbness.
Many of the lumbar discs give you thigh/butt/inner thigh/knee aches/numbness or tingling. Your physical therapist can explain all this to you best.
My biggest advice is always this: LISTEN to your body!! It never lies!! And that other adage works too ie: If it hurts; dont do it!!