Bursitis Facts and Treatment

Bursitis Causes

Bursitis facts and treatment information is provided her to assist you in preparing good questions to ask your healthcare provider. Bursitis of the hip can be caused by many factors including Rheumatoid Arthritis, overuse of the hip joint, surgeries, an injury to the hip or pelvis, and having one leg shorter than the other. These factors can irritate the bursa which is a fluid filled structure in the joints. It works rather like a cushion between bones that glide over each other. Other issues such as spurs of the bones or back problems can also cause this area to become inflamed. Come of the risk factors can be prevented or relieved with assistive equipment. Other risk factors may be managed by medication such as Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Bursitis Symptoms

BursitisBursitis of the hip can be quite painful and is often a common reason for adults of all ages to see their family doctor or an orthopedic specialist. If you are experiencing hip pain lasting more than a few days it’s time to head to the doctor. Early treatment and diagnosis benefits most hip disorders and may prevent further damage from occurring either now or later. Sufferers of Bursitis in the hip area may feel pain in the hip, groin, thigh, or back. This pain is persistent and may even be accompanied by a burning sensation. Patients usually report a worsening of symptoms after bouts of heavy activity.

Bursitis Diagnosis

To diagnose Bursitis of the hip or any other joint your doctor will need to perform a complete physical exam to evaluate your symptoms. He or she will likely manipulate your hip gently to assess the range of motion and to check for any abnormal sounds during movement. Your doctor may also observe your legs to be sure that they are equal in length and that they maintain a normal position at rest. Imaging will likely be needed as well to rule out other joint damage or dislocation symptoms.

Bursitis Treatment

Treating Bursitis in any joint and especially the hips or knees relies on reducing any activities that cause you to feel more pain. Although it is very important to keep the joint active throughout treatment and beyond to prevent locking of the area or weakening of the muscles of the hip or thigh area. Other patients may get relief from steroids and Cortisone injections a couple of times. These injections may cause damage to the joint with prolonged use though so they may not be for everyone. Surgery is also an option and the Bursa can actually be removed to prevent Bursitis from recurring. While this sounds odd you really don’t need the Bursa for your joints to function properly. Oral anti inflammatories can also be used in some patients to provide temporary relief during treatment or until surgery can be scheduled. If you’ve been suffering from hip pain don’t suffer in silence. Most hip pain responds to early treatment and diagnosis. This may also prevent future damage or mobility problems as well. See your doctor today for information about treatment for your pain and learn how you can regain mobility.




  1. Joyce Hinde says

    I sat down very hard on a metal bar some time ago and at that moment thought I might have broken my pelvis or thigh bone it was such a big impact .luckily nothing was broken and at first I felt no pain , later I realised something was damaged. I get a pain in my left hip if I sit for any time , long flights are awful,also not during but after exercise . Sometimes it is down my thigh , or behind my knee , also not good when I lie down, have been to Dr but got nowhere. It still hurts after three years. Have I damaged my sciatic nerve, or is it bursitis or….?

  2. Cindy Schmidler says

    Hi, Mary! Based on what you’ve explained, you might benefit from physical or occupational therapy, if you don’t undergo it already. Ask your doctor about these services to find out if they’re beneficial for your case. We hope this helps!

  3. Mary Jane Brown says

    I have a plate in my lower leg because of a broken tibia. This causes my leg to bow out to the side and therefore be shorter. My hip pops and cracks painfully when I try to spread my legs. What can I do about this? I am an active 76 year old.

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