Understanding Hip Bursitis

Man with back pain holding aching part black and white photo Our hips are essential to how we move about the world. When they hurt, it can be challenging to live an active life. Chronic pain may be related to hip bursitis, a painful condition where inflammation causes the bones in your hip to rub together. If you’ve been struggling with chronic hip pain, here are some things you should know about hip bursitis and how you can find relief.

What is Hip Bursitis?

Hip bursitis is a condition when the bursa, the fluid-filled sacs in your hips, become inflamed. The inflammation can make it painful to move your legs or hips. Many patients describe the pain as sharp and intense. This pain can make it difficult to walk, even for short distances.

How Hip Bursitis Affects You

Your hips serve as a crucial joint in your body. Hip bursitis can compromise your range of motion, making daily activities such as walking and biking uncomfortable. Some patients report that they experience more pain at night, which disrupts sleep and can negatively impact them the following day.

Risk Factors for Hip Bursitis

Like other high-use joints such as elbows, knees, and shoulders, overusing your hips can expose them to irritation.

While hip bursitis can affect anyone, it is mainly seen in women, the elderly, and middle-aged persons. 

Other risk factors for hip bursitis include

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Prior surgery
  • Calcium deposits
  • Bone spurs
  • Overuse

How is Hip Bursitis Treated?

Although hip bursitis can be painful, there are many strategies your doctor can use to help you manage it. First, anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen may help address pain and other symptoms. Also, modifying your activities and avoiding activities that trigger your symptoms may give some relief. 

Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor may recommend physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, or a cane to help with your pain. 

Surgical treatment may become an option in rare cases when conservative treatments fail. Most surgeries for hip bursitis are outpatient procedures, making for shorter recovery times and allowing you to return home the same day.

If you have questions about addressing your hip pain, our office can help. Summit Health Care Pain Clinic serves the Show Low area and can help you find the pain relief you need. Call our office today at 928-532-1605 to schedule a consultation

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