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Treat Symptoms of Hip Bursitis


Hip bursitis occurs when the small, fluid-filled sacs (bursae) that provide cushioning between your bones and adjacent muscles, tendons, or skin become inflamed or irritated. Because these sacs are found throughout your body, bursitis can occur anywhere. However, it develops most often in major joints such as the hips. 

If you are seeking relief from pain or restricted motion due to hip bursitis, Dignity Health is here to help. We treat all kinds of musculoskeletal conditions, including hip bursitis in the Bay Area. Use our online Find a Doctor tool to find an orthopedic specialist that’s right for you.

Hip Bursitis Causes

Overuse and repetitive stress are the most common causes of hip bursitis, like from biking or running. Other causes include: 

  • Bone spurs
  • Hip joint injury
  • Medical conditions such as arthritis, gout, or infections
  • Spine conditions
  • Trauma
  • Unequal leg lengths

Hip Bursitis Symptoms

Common signs and symptoms of hip bursitis include:

  • Hip pain
  • Limited range of motion
  • Redness
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Warmth

Your symptoms may worsen if you sit or walk for long periods of time, or at night when you’re lying on your hip.

Hip Bursitis Treatment in the Bay Area

Your orthopedic specialist at Dignity Health will plan a treatment and prevention strategy based on the specific cause of your hip bursitis. 

Treatments for hip bursitis caused by overuse or irritation to the bursa include: 

In cases where bursitis is caused by an infection, it may be treated with antibiotics. If you have septic bursitis, your doctor may drain fluid from the bursa. For bursitis is caused by an illness, such as arthritis, treating that condition may eliminate your bursitis symptoms. Bursitis rarely requires surgery. However, if a diseased bursa needs to be removed, the body will naturally regrow a healthy replacement.

Our orthopedic specialists at Dignity Health will help you find the right treatment for you. Call 855.972.7183 for a doctor referral today.

Dignity Health provides treatment and prevention strategies for hip bursitis in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.