Hi MsOuchie, Bengay is about
the same as Tiger Balm and Salonpas. After reading online about
some of this, BlueEmu was recommended over those. It's more expensive though but it has different ingredients. Lately I've been using TheraCare which has pads in different shapes for the neck, back, etc. and it uses a heat technology that is created by itself so you wear it for 8 hours. Unfortunately the pads are one-time use although they're pretty good. The bottom line is that these only treat the symptoms.
Lynnwood, I had bursitis in both hips at least four times and had the usual steroid shots and pills along with PT. The last therapist I had was the best because she told me why
the bursitis kept returning. I was using the ET wrong but in the meantime she showed me the exercises to ease the busitis and to help prevent it. Yeah, the IT band...: