What is Bursitis of the Hip?

What is Bursitis of the Hip?

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  • Joints throughout the body have little, fluid-filled sacs called bursae that reduce friction between themselves and other bones, muscles and tendons.
  • Bursitis is inflammation of those fluid-filled sacs that can cause pain, decrease mobility and detrimentally effect hip function.
  • The pain management specialists at American Spine discuss the causes, symptoms and treatment options for bursitis of the hip.

Causes of Bursitis of the Hip

There are two major bursae of the hip (the trochanteric bursa and ischial bursa) that when inflamed, can become infected and cause significant pain. The team at American Spine administer different treatment options depending on the type of bursitis a patient has: noninfectious vs. infectious. Although uncommon, infectious bursitis can happen and may require a minimally invasive procedure like aspiration or medication. Either type can be caused by either a soft-tissue trauma, strain of the hip or a condition like arthritis or gout.

Symptoms of Bursitis of the Hip

Noninfectious bursitis is the most common cause of hip pain and may cause the following symptoms:

  • Dull or burning pain of the outer hip, back of the hip or upper buttock area
  • Discomfort when sitting on hard surfaces for an extended period of time
  • Difficulty sleeping on the side causing pain
  • Difficulty climbing up stairs
  • Pain that worsens with activity

Treatment for Bursitis of the Hip

Before a physician at American Spine can recommend a treatment option, he’ll have to perform a clinical evaluation, x-ray or administer a diagnostic injection. After bursitis of the hip has been confirmed, doctors will either recommend rest and a cold compress, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medication (NSAID) or corticosteroid injection.

At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.