Bursitis is inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs in your joints, called the bursae. When you have bursitis, the bursae become swollen, inflamed, and irritated. This causes pain and interferes with the joint’s ability to work properly. In the hip joint, two bursae are commonly affected. One covers the pelvis and the other covers the bony point on the hipbone. The bursa on the hipbone is more likely to be affected by bursitis.
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What Causes Hip Bursitis?
Overuse injuries from repetitive motions are a common cause of hip bursitis. This includes stair climbing, biking, and running for an extended time.
Other causes of hip bursitis include:
Hip Bursitis Symptoms
In general, symptoms of hip bursitis include hip pain, swelling, stiffness, tenderness, and warmth. If the bursa on the bony point of hipbone is affected, symptoms start in the hip and extend to the thigh. The bursa on the pelvis causes symptoms in the groin.
Pain from hip bursitis is often worse at night, especially when lying on your hip. It can also worsen when walking or sitting for long periods of time.
Hip Bursitis Treatment at Dignity Health
At Dignity Health, we offer treatment for hip bursitis that focuses on reducing pain and swelling and preventing future hip joint damage and bursitis attacks.
Your doctor will likely recommend nonsurgical options when you first begin treatment. They may include:
- Resting your hip
- Taking anti-inflammatory medicines
- Using crutches or a cane
- Corticosteroid shots
Surgery is rarely used to treat hip bursitis.
Orthopedic physical therapy can help speed your recovery and may prevent recurrences. A Dignity Health physical therapist can teach you flexibility, stretching, and strengthening exercises. Other techniques involve massaging the joint and muscles with a foam roller.
Dignity Health offers treatment for joint conditions, including hip bursitis, in Arizona.