It turns out I don’t need a new (artificial) hip yet *g* Just ice, more rest than activity and five sessions of ultrasound therapy.
Reason for all of this: Trochanteric bursitis. An inflamation of a bursa in the hip joint. Or in german: “Schleimbeutelentzündung im Hüftgelenk” I’m always surprised what kind of illness exist in this world. Or better in our body. Until now I never even paid much attention to the anatomy of my hip joint. The doc said these inflamations can happen for no reasons at all sometimes, the internet mentions overuse as a possible cause. Maybe watching hockey from the standing room on Saturday and Sunday were too much for my joints? I’m getting ooooold. Seriously, I have no idea what could have caused it. Maybe it really was for no reason after all.
It also doesn’t matter what caused it, because the course of treatment is the same either way. I could choose between electric muscle stimulation (“Reizstrom”), a shot of corticoid into the bursa (which seemed just as painful to me as it is right now anyway) or the forementioned ultrasound therapy. I choose the latter, had my first one after all tests this morning and have to return early in the morning tomorrow and next week. The ultrasound therapy is no big deal: I have to apply an icepack to the hip/thigh for a short while and when it’s sufficiently chilled *g* I have to move an ultrasound wand over the area for a few minutes. Sounds a bit like magic. Or nonsene, but ultrasound actually is a common treatment for that.