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Bursitis of the Hip

If you are living with hip pain, bursitis could be the cause. In many cases, your orthopaedic doctor can treat bursitis of the hip with conservative treatments, but for severe cases, surgery may be necessary. Could hip bursitis be the source of your pain? Here is what you need to know.

What is bursitis?

Throughout your body, you have small, fluid-filled sacs between bones and soft tissue called bursa. Bursas cushion the bones and tissue and reduce friction between them. When a bursa becomes inflamed, it called bursitis. Hip bursitis can occur in two bursas in the hip—the greater trochanteric bursa and the iliopsoas bursa. Inflammation in the greater trochanteric bursa is much more common, but both types of bursitis are treated the same way.

How do I know if I have bursitis of the hip?

Hip pain is the leading symptom of bursitis of the hip. Trochanteric bursitis typically causes pain that is felt on the outside of the thigh, while iliopsoas bursitis causes pain on the inner thigh and groin. The pain usually starts out as a sharp, intense pain in the early stages of the bursitis but then becomes an aching pain as it progresses. Hip bursitis pain is usually worst at night or when getting up after extended periods of sitting. If your orthopaedic doctor suspects you have hip bursitis, he or she will perform a physical exam and may perform medical imaging tests to confirm the diagnosis.

How is hip bursitis treated?

For some people, conservative treatments, including over-the-counter pain medications, activity modification, and steroid injections can ease the inflammation. Physical therapy can also be helpful. If these treatments are not effective, then you may need surgery. During the procedure, your orthopaedic surgeon will remove the inflamed bursa so you get relief.

Hip pain can have a disastrous effect on your mobility, but you don’t have to live with the discomfort. At MK Orthopaedics in Joliet, our orthopaedic doctors are committed to helping our patients achieve a pain-free lifestyle. To schedule a consultation for your hip pain, dial (815) 741-6900.

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