Barry Manilow’s Hip Surgery Sing-Along

Although he can say  I Write the Songs that make the whole world sing”, music icon Barry Manilow is singing a different tune today.

At Daybreak, the 68 year old crooner will undergo surgery for bursitis in his hips and to repair torn leg muscles. Apparently the I Don’t Want to Walk Without You singer didn’t want to walk at all because of the pain.

Even Now, when I think about all those nights he spent doing the Bandstand Boogie at the Copacabana, It’s a Miraclethe man can move at all.

This isn’t the first surgery Manilow’s has had on his hips. In 2006, he tore the cartilage in both hips and had arthroscopic surgery Tryin` to Get The Feeling AgainDespite the fact that post-op he had to do his show sitting in a golden wheelchair,  Manilow is Willing to Take A Chance Again, and have his hips worked on.

What is Bursitis?

A bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac that protects and cushions your joints. Bursae are found throughout the body.

Bursitis means inflammation of one of your bursa sacs. The inflammation may result from arthritis in the joint or injury or infection of a bursa. Bursitis produces pain and tenderness and may limit the movement of nearby joints.

You can get bursitis in your shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, heels and big toe. Injuries, overuse and repetitive stress are common causes of bursitis. Certain diseases, such as arthritis and gout might also cause it. It sometimes occurs with tendinitis.

If the bursa in the hip becomes inflammed, it can cause pain that may initially be sharp and intense.  Over time, the pain may feel more like an ache and will be more diffuse or spread out.  Lying on the side of the injury, running, walking, or stair climbing can all make the pain worse.

You can usually treat bursitis with rest, ice, and medicines to ease pain and reduce swelling. Other treatments include ultrasound, physical therapy, steroid injections and, in rare cases, surgery. Stretching before you exercise, strengthening your muscles and resting when you do repetitive tasks might help prevent bursitis.

Get well soon Barry, you know I Can’t Smile Without You!

Michele R. Berman, M.D. was Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000, and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She was a medical internet pioneer having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Berman also authored a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine.

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