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What is Bursitis?
Between bones and soft tissues all throughout the human body, small fluid-filled sacs known as “Bursae” cushion impacts and help your body parts glide smoothly when moving. If these Bursae suffer from inflammation or irritation, physicians call this condition “Bursitis”. In the hips sit two major bursae that commonly suffer from bursitis, The Greater Trochanter and the Iliopsoas.
The Greater Trochanter covers the bony tip of the hips, while the Iliopsoas bursa sits on the inside of the hip towards the groin and the Iliopsoas bursa suffers from bursitis much less often than the Greater Trochanter, but the treatment of bursitis mostly remains the same.
Indication Of Hip Bursitis
Common symptoms of hip bursitis include:
- Pain: The primary symptom of hip bursitis is pain on the outer side of the hip, which may radiate down the thigh or buttock. The pain is typically aggravated by activities that involve prolonged standing, walking, or climbing stairs.
- Tenderness: The affected area may be tender to touch, and pressure on the outer hip can exacerbate the pain.
- Swelling: Inflammation of the bursa can lead to localized swelling or a feeling of fullness around the hip joint.
- Limited range of motion: Hip bursitis can cause stiffness and limited mobility in the hip joint, making it difficult to perform certain movements or activities.
- Discomfort at rest: In some cases, hip bursitis can cause discomfort while lying on the affected side, making it challenging to find a comfortable sleeping position.
Treatment for Hip Bursitis
Treatment for hip bursitis typically involves a combination of conservative measures, such as:
- Rest and activity modification: Reducing or avoiding activities that aggravate the symptoms can help alleviate pain and promote healing.
- Pain management: Over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribed medications may be recommended to manage pain and inflammation.
- Physical therapy: Specific exercises and stretches can help strengthen the muscles around the hip, improve flexibility, and reduce stress on the bursa.
- Assistive devices: The use of crutches or a cane may be advised to offload weight from the affected hip during the healing process.
- Injections: In some cases, corticosteroid injections into the bursa may be recommended to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief.
Severe or persistent cases of hip bursitis that do not respond to conservative measures may require further medical intervention, such as minimally invasive procedures or, rarely, surgical intervention. It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan for hip bursitis.