Hip bursitis is a condition caused when the fluid-filled sacs (bursae) located between the bones, muscles, and tendons, become irritated and inflamed. The bursae help shield and protect bones from friction throughout the body, including major joints like the hip.
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Symptoms of Hip Bursitis
Hip bursitis symptoms may develop gradually over time or come on very suddenly. The most common symptoms of hip bursitis include:
- Stiffness, with limited range of motion
- Visible deformity
- Redness around the joint
At Dignity Health Southern California, our orthopedic experts offer the latest diagnostic imaging tests and personalized treatment. For a professional diagnosis of hip bursitis symptoms, visit one of our hospitals near you.
Causes of Hip Bursitis
Hip bursitis is typically caused by repetitive stress and overuse. With age and repetitive motions, there is wear and tear on the hip joint. Certain medical conditions also cause bursitis. These include arthritis, gout, or hip infections. Bursitis can also be caused by trauma or hip injury.
Treatment of Hip Bursitis at Dignity Health Southern California
At Dignity Health, our orthopedic doctors focus on personalized care to treat bursitis caused by a wide range of conditions or injury.
In the case of an infection, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics. For septic bursitis, your doctor may need to drain fluid from the bursa. When bursitis is caused by an illness, such as arthritis, your doctor may focus on treating that condition.
If the cause is from overuse, a variety of treatment options may be recommended, including:
- Resting the hip joint
- Icing the joint (with ice packs)
- Over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medicines, such as naproxen or ibuprofen
- Braces or splints to help reduce joint movement and stress
- Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the joint
- Steroid injections into the bursa
If noninvasive therapies are not successful at treating bursitis, hip surgery may be helpful. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options to find relief for your symptoms.
Dignity Health offers a range of noninvasive therapies and minimally invasive procedures to effectively treat hip bursitis in Southern California.