What is bursitis?
The bursa (the plural is bursae) is a protective fluid-filled sac found between tissues like bone, muscles, and tendons – including the hip joint. Bursitis is an inflammation of the sac.
What causes bursitis?
Inflammation of the bursae is usually due to repetitive activities that overwork or irritate the hip joint. An injury to a tendon or an impingement can make bursitis worse.
What are symptoms of hip bursitis?
Primary symptoms include sharp hip pain that gets worse with repetitive motion. It can radiate down the back or outside of the leg and gradually turn into a chronic ache. Some people experience pain and tenderness when the leg is moved to the side (laterally) or pressure is applied to the joint. Swelling, warmth, or redness along with pain in the outer hip area may indicate an infection of the bursa, which needs immediate medical intervention.
How is it diagnosed?
Our board-certified, fellowship-trained doctor will do a thorough physical examination and assess your medical history. He or she will check for sensitivity and assess your hip’s range of motion. Lab tests, x-ray, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can help our doctor to diagnose this condition and rule out others.
What are the best hip bursitis treatments?
Bursitis often improves on its own, so conservative treatment is almost always the first course of action. Exercises, particularly stretches and isometric movements, can strengthen the supporting tendons and muscles. Medication or corticosteroid injections can also relieve symptoms. Surgery can be helpful in severe or recurrent cases.
If you are experiencing pain or restricted movement from hip bursitis, call Orthopedic Specialists and schedule a consultation today. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained doctors are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of all hip conditions.