Hip Bursitis

About Hip Bursitis:

Hip bursitis is a condition that affects the small, fluid-filled sacs (known as bursae) located near the hip joint. Bursa acts as cushions to prevent any friction from occurring between the bones, tendons, and muscles. If these protective fluid-filled sacs become inflamed due to reasons such as repetitive stress on the hip, injuries of the hip, spine disease, leg-length inequality, or other risk factors; this condition can be painful to those affected by it.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Joint pain located at the point of the hip and potentially extending to the outer thigh area
  • Tenderness around the affected area
  • Warmth around the affected area
  • Swelling

How is it Treated?

Hip bursitis is a condition that should not immediately require surgical intervention.  Non-surgical treatment options include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections intended to reduce pain and swelling
  • Fluid removal
  • Limiting harmful physical activity
  • Mobility aids such as a walking cane or crutches when needed

If non-surgical treatments are not effective and the pain persists, it is recommended that those affected see an orthopedic specialist to explore surgical options. Surgery is rarely indicated.

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