Hip bursitis is a condition that involves inflammation of the bursae, which are small fluid-filled sacs that cushion the bones, tendons, and muscles around the hip joint. There are two types of hip bursitis: trochanteric bursitis and iliopsoas bursitis. Trochanteric bursitis is more common and involves inflammation of the bursae located on the outside of the hip.
Hip Bursitis - Diagram illustrating a normal healthy bursa vs. trochanteric bursitis
Risk factors for hip bursitis
- Repetitive stress on the hip joint and weakness in the muscles of the pelvic girdle.
- Trauma to the hip, such as a fall or impact injury.
- Rheumatoid arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.
- Previous hip surgery or prosthetic joint replacement.
- Spinal conditions that affect gait or posture.
Symptoms of hip bursitis
- Pain in the hip, which may radiate down the thigh or to the buttock.
- Tenderness or swelling over the hip joint.
- Pain that is worse with activity, such as walking or climbing stairs.
- Stiffness or limited range of motion in the hip.
Diagnosis of hip bursitis
Hip bursitis is typically diagnosed through a physical examination and a review of the patient's medical history. Imaging tests may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other conditions that could be causing the symptoms.
Management of hip bursitis
Treatment for hip bursitis typically involves rest and conservative measures such as ice, pain relievers, and physical therapy to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the hip. In some cases, a corticosteroid injection may be recommended to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. If conservative measures are not effective, surgery may be considered to remove the affected bursa or to address underlying joint issues.
Hip bursitis is a common condition that can cause pain and discomfort in the hip joint. Early diagnosis and conservative treatment can often help manage symptoms and promote healing. Anyone experiencing hip pain or discomfort should seek medical review to determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment plan. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above condition, please contact us and book an appointment to discuss these further.
If you have any questions or concerns in regard to the above condition, please contact us and book an appointment to discuss these further.