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How can you treat pain from ischial bursitis?

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It is possible to treat pain from ischial bursitis by a combination of rest, ultrasound therapy, cold therapy or hot therapy, according to the University of Washington Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Use physical therapy to speed up the healing process and regain strength to the affected area.

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Give the ischial bursa time to heal by reducing the intensity of daily activities. Stay within the threshold of your pain to avoid overworking the affected area. Seek ultrasound therapy, which eases pain by activating cortisone cream applied to the skin of the affected area, says the UW. Avoid lying on your back, to reduce the weight exerted on the buttocks, according to the National Health Service in England.

Use cold therapy by applying ice with cold packs on the affected surface for 20 minutes three times a day, states the UW. The application of ice lowers the temperature of the skin, the subcutaneous tissues, the bones and the joint. Alternatively, use cold water or packs of cold gel instead of ice cubes. If the pain persists, apply heat treatment to increase blood flow and oxygen tension to the affected surface. Apply packs at temperatures between 100 F and 122 F to the surface of the buttocks for 15 to 20 minutes. Use the treatment twice a day, in addition to taking a warm shower.

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