Bursitis occurs when bursae are inflamed. Bursae are small sacs filled with fluid that are located between bones and soft tissue. Creating a cushion, they help prevent friction in areas of the body such as the hips, elbows, shoulders, knees and heels.
If you suffer from hip bursitis you will likely feel hip pain that extends to the outside of the thigh area. Most patients describe earlier pain as being sharp and intense while later the pain may be described more as an ache, covering a larger area of your hip. Pain is often worse at night when laying on the affected hip but can also be felt when you’re getting up after sitting for an extended amount of time. Longer periods of walking, climbing stairs or squatting can also trigger pain.
Risk factors that can lead to the development of hip bursitis include:
- Repetitive stress injury
- Hip injury
- Spine disease
- Differing leg-lengths
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Previous hip surgery
- Bone spurs or calcium deposits
Treatments for hip bursitis often does not involve surgery. Adjustments to your lifestyle can help you find relief:
- Avoid activity that triggers symptoms
- Pain and inflammation medications
- Devices like a walking cane or crutches can offer support
- Physical therapy
On rare occasions, surgery may be recommended to relieve a patient of hip bursitis. During an outpatient procedure, the bursae are removed, and treatment will likely be followed by rehabilitation.
If you are diagnosed with hip bursitis or any other orthopedic ailment, your treatment plan will be developed collaboratively between you and your OrthoNebraska care team.
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